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May 12, 2017

Next Rabies Clinic is June 7 in West Monroe -
Rabid Raccoon Found in the Town of Volney

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department reported today that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the town of Volney. There have been three new cases of rabies confirmed in Oswego County over the past few weeks. The incidents are being investigated by the Oswego County Health Department. "The rabies virus is widespread in Oswego County and across the region, and we are continuing to receive new reports," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. "In years past, the rabies virus has appeared in every town, village and city across the county. People should make sure that their pets are properly vaccinated and take precautions against rabies." To reduce the risk of rabies in animals and humans, people can take the following steps:

Huang said that any time a person or pet is bitten by a domestic or wild animal, and any time that a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or 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.

"Our staff is available around the clock to respond to such incidents," said Huang.

To report a possible exposure, call the 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.

The health department will hold its next rabies clinic on Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Monroe Town Highway Garage, 46 County Rte. 11.

Dogs, cats and ferrets should receive their first rabies vaccine at three months of age. 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 their 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. Cats and pet ferrets should be in a carrier. Please leave sick pets at home.

Additional clinics will be held during the summer and fall at these locations:

For more information on rabies visit www.oswegocounty.com/health/rabies.pdf or www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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