2017-10-11 / News

Stray cat tests positive for rabies in Franklin

Delhi – A stray cat from the Town of Franklin that attacked one person and a dog on September 20 tested positive for rabies on September 27. The cat was caught and sent for testing to Wadsworth lab on September 25.

The individual attacked delayed calling the Public Health Department until September 24. The victim is now receiving rabies prophylaxis treatment. The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccinations and will receive a booster.

Rabies is a virus that has a 100 percent fatality rate when left untreated in mammals, including humans. Public Health officials recommend the following precautions to protect from possible exposure to rabies:

• Report any wildlife that is sick or acting strangely.

• Vaccinate pets and livestock. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Vaccinating domestic animals not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people.

• Vaccination is also recommended for livestock with frequent human contact.

• Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near a home.

• Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting in a strange or unusual manner.

• Report all animal bites and any contact with bats to the County Health Department. Human rabies can be prevented after exposure by administering a series of shots.

• Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.

• Children should be instructed to tell an adult immediately if they are bitten or scratched by any animal.

• If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with rabid or suspected rabies, the pet must be quarantined for six months.

• Vaccinated pets that come in contact with rabid or suspected rabies animal should be given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact.

The Delaware County Public Health Department has conducted 15 of its 16 scheduled rabies clinics for 2017. The final clinic will be held October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delhi Fire Hall, 140 Delview Terrace Ext. in Delhi.

To report a suspected rabid animal call Delaware County Public Health Services immediately at 607.832.5200. For more information call 607.832.5200 or visit www.delawarecountypublichealth.com

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