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April 27, 2007

Oswego County Health Department Holds Rabies Clinic May 9 in Pulaski

The Oswego County Health Department has scheduled a rabies clinic at the County Highway garage on County Route 2A in Pulaski Wednesday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The New York State Public Health Law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to receive current rabies vaccinations. Animals may receive their first rabies vaccine at age three months. The first shot will protect the animal from rabies for one year, all subsequent shots last for three years. Pet owners should plan to bring their pet's last rabies certificate to the clinic.

More than 3,000 animals were vaccinated with the rabies shot last year at local clinics, according to Oswego County Public Health Director Kathleen Smith.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.

“It is important to understand how rabies can be spread from infected animals to humans as well as domestic animals,” said Evan Walsh, associate public health sanitarian for the county health department. “Since rabies is a viral disease, it can be passed from an infected animal to another potential host via bite, scratch or contact with infected saliva or tissue through the eye, nose, or mouth. This type of exposure would be considered secondary exposure and would be of serious concern.”

Anyone who has concerns about a potentially rabid animal, or if a domestic animal has had contact with a wild animal, should contact the Oswego County Health Department as soon as possible.

To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 341-0086.

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