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July 15, 2005

Health Department Will Hold a Rabies Clinic July 20 in Scriba

SCRIBA -- The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Oswego County Highway Garage, state Route 104, Scriba. A $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of the vaccine.

New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.

Oswego County Health Commissioner Kathleen Smith said that exposure to bats is of particular concern during the summer months. People who have been bitten, scratched or had contact with the saliva or nervous tissue of a potentially-infected animal must undergo a series of rabies shots if the animal is rabid or not available for testing.

Contact with bats may be especially dangerous because bats have small teeth that may not leave a visible bite mark. Picking up a bat may result in exposure even if someone is not aware that they have been bitten.

Exposures can also occur when a bat is found in a room with a sleeping person or unattended child, or in a room with a mentally impaired person. Any time there is possible exposure to a human or pet, the bat should be captured and submitted to the county health department for rabies testing.

To capture a bat, the New York State Department of Health suggests using a coffee can with a lid and a piece of cardboard.

  • Close windows and doors and turn on lights.
  • Wait for the bat to land.
  • Wearing gloves, cover the bat with a coffee can or similar container with a lid.
  • Slide a piece of cardboard under the can, trapping the bat.
  • With one hand firmly holding the cardboard in place against the top of the can, turn the can right side up.
  • Replace the cardboard with the lid, or tape the cardboard tightly to the can.
  • Immediately contact the county health department, phone 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext, 3564. During evenings, weekends and holidays, residents with urgent inquiries may call the department's on-call service at 341-0086.

    If you are bitten, scratched or have contact with an animal you believe to be rabid, immediately wash the wound with soap and water, seek medical attention and report it to the county health department.

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