February 26, 2016First Clinic is March 30 at County Highway Garage in Scriba
Oswego County Health Department Announces Rabies Clinics for 2016
The Oswego County Health Department will hold eight rabies clinics at locations around Oswego County this year. All clinics will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The first clinic will be Wednesday, March 30, at the County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive, Scriba.
"The rabies virus continues to be active across Oswego County. We've already had a fox in the Town of Minetto test positive for rabies this year," said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director. "Although the virus can infect any mammal, including dogs, cats, livestock, wildlife, and humans, the vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occur with wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Immunizing pets is an effective way to reduce the risk of human exposures to rabies."
New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. Pet ferrets must be vaccinated annually. Dogs and cats require a second vaccination within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated. Owners should bring their pet's last rabies vaccination certificate with them to the clinic.
The health department suggests a $7 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a carrier.
Clinics will be held at these locations during the spring, summer and fall:
Any time a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.
To reduce the risk of rabies in animals and humans, people should take the following steps:
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. For more information on rabies visit www.oswegocounty.com/health/rabies.pdf or http:/www.cdc.gov/rabies.
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