Westchester Coyote Who Attacked Humans Had Rabies

Officials say this is the first rabid coyote in the county.

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    Tests have found rabies in a coyote that was shot by a policeman after a rash of attacks on humans in Rye Brook.

    Tests have found rabies in a coyote that was shot by a policeman after a rash of attacks on humans in Rye Brook.

    The Westchester County Health Department said Wednesday it was the first confirmation of rabies in a coyote in their county.
       
    The female that was killed Monday by a policeman was described as ragged and sickly.  The coyote was believed to be the same animal that attacked a toddler, her father and a teenager on Sunday.

    The bite victims were treated for rabies, which can be spread to humans in an animal's saliva and is fatal if untreated. 

    The Westchester County Department of Health urges anyone who believes that they or their pets were in contact with this coyote to please contact them at (914) 813-5000.

    In June, two children were attacked by coyotes in neighboring Rye.  Experts said those coyotes did not appear to be rabid.

    Rye and Rye Brook are about 30 miles northeast of Manhattan.