Oneida County reported a skunk submitted for testing last week was positive for rabies, prompting the quarantine of a family’s dog. Residents of Madison County are reminded that many species of wildlife present in Central New York are capable of transmitting rabies, and individuals are encouraged to be sure their family pet is current with their rabies vaccination. The Madison County Health Department holds rabies clinics between March and December each year where residents can have their dog, cat or ferret vaccinated.
The Madison County Health Department will be holding their next Rabies Clinic on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Fenner Town Garage on Nelson Road from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age.
It is important to remind your children to stay away from stray animals, and all persons should be very cautious when “rescuing” stray cats or dogs. Even professionals need to exercise extreme care around stray animals and feral cats, and any pet they are unsure are current with their rabies shots.
Once infected, rabies is a fatal virus in animals and people.
Madison County Health Department recommends these steps to protect yourself and your family from possible exposure to rabies:
For additional information, click here for rabies information from the CDC.