July 14, 2017
OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department reported today that one person is receiving post-exposure rabies treatment after being bitten and scratched by a stray cat in Volney. The health department received confirmation on July 13 that the cat tested positive for rabies.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said the rabies virus continues to be active in Oswego County and the surrounding region. In late May, rabid raccoons were reported in Volney and Richland by the USDA Wildlife Service. There was no human exposure in those cases.
To reduce the risk of rabies in animals and humans, pet owners should make sure their dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccines. The health department will hold its next rabies clinic Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bristol Hill Landfill maintenance building, 3125 State Rte. 3, Volney.
Clinics are also scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Palermo Town Highway Garage, 1572 County Rte. 45; and Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive, Scriba.
Any time a person or pet comes in physical 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.
The health department's staff is available around-the-clock to respond to incidents involving possible rabies exposure by calling 315-349-3564 on weekdays, or by calling the department's answering service at 315-341-0086 evenings, weekends and holidays.
People can help prevent the spread of rabies by following these reminders:
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