March 24, 2016
Oswego County Health Department Reports Two New Cases of Rabies
OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department reported March 24 that two new cases of rabies were recently confirmed in Oswego County. They include a skunk in Scriba and a raccoon in Albion. Both animals attacked unvaccinated pet dogs.
Jiancheng Huang, Director of Public Health, said it's imperative that pet owners make sure their animals' rabies vaccines are up-to-date. The health department is sponsoring eight rabies clinics in 2016, starting Wednesday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive, Scriba.
"New York State Public Health Law requires that all pet dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. To meet community needs, the health department runs eight immunization clinics every year. I encourage residents to take advantage of these clinics and get their pets vaccinated," said Huang.
Pets should receive their first rabies vaccine 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 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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