- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a raccoon trapped in Nassau County is the first confirmed case of rabies on Long Island since 2007.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1UPFq2a ) county health officials made the announcement in a public health alert on Thursday.

The agency says the raccoon was collected earlier this week by a wildlife trapper in Hicksville and was sent to the state Health Department for testing. She says authorities were surprised by the finding and will step up monitoring and testing in the area.

It says county and state health officials are discussing what additional steps to take in response to the finding.

Authorities are urging residents to keep pets on leashes and make sure they’re vaccinated for rabies.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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