A Bronx woman was bitten by a rabid raccoon last week in her back yard, the first such attack in the city in nearly five years, health officials said.
The woman and her husband, who was scratched by the raccoon, have started taking medicine that can prevent rabies infection after exposure to a rabid animal. The woman remains hospitalized in Jacobi Medical Center.
Health officials captured the raccoon, and it tested positive for rabies.
The Health Department warned New Yorkers to avoid wild animals, vaccinate their pets for rabies, and call authorities if an animal is seen acting aggressively.