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Health Officials Warn Brooklyn Residents About Possible Rabies Scare

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Health officials are warning Brooklyn residents about a possible rabies scare.

A raccoon found on 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst tested positive, and there are concerns it may have infected stray cats and kittens in the area before it died.

Residents are worried.

"I am completely taken back that there was a raccoon sighting in this neighborhood, and it's very frightening because raccoons don't generally come to neighborhoods like this," said one resident. "I figured them to be more in a suburban or rural area."

"I think the city should definitely do something about this," said another. "I don't really feel safe with rabid animals around in my area. That's not cool."

Residents are advised to stay away from wild animals like raccoons, bats, and stray cats, especially if they look sick or are acting strangely.

If you're bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately and call a doctor.

You should also keep dogs on their leashes and cats indoors, and make sure their rabies vaccine is up to date.

Call 311 if you or your pet are bitten, or you see a wild or stray animal that looks sick.

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