Rabid raccoons are back in Manhattan. Vaccinate your pets, health officials say

(CNN)Years after an outbreak was stamped out, rabies has returned to the raccoons of New York City’s most densely populated borough. “I urge my constituents with pets to make sure their animals are up to date on their vaccines. Stay alert when enjoying our beautiful parks, and if you see a wild animal acting strangely, leave the area and call” 311, the city’s hotline for non-emergency services, he said. Any animal that seems sick, disoriented or unusually quiet or aggressive should be reported, city officials said. Infected animals can spread rabies to people and unvaccinated animals through a bite. No pets or people are believed to have been bitten by these raccoons, the health department said. Rabies has been rare …