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May 10, 2018

Fox Attacks Three People in Sandy Creek -

Oswego County Health Department Warns Residents of Potentially Rabid Fox

SANDY CREEK - The Oswego County Health Department is warning residents that three adults were attacked by a gray fox in the vicinity of Snyder Road and county Route 15 in the town of Sandy Creek. One attack occurred Tuesday, May 8 and the others occurred Wednesday evening, May 9.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang cautions people in the area to keep their children and pets inside and to be alert for animals showing symptoms of rabies. Anyone in the area who sees a gray fox behaving aggressively is advised to call the New York State DEC regional dispatch office at 1-877-457-5680.

Animals with rabies may show changes in behavior such as being unusually tame or aggressive, have varying degrees of paralysis, impaired mobility, excessive drooling, or seizures.

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 thoroughly washed immediately with soap and water.

To report a possible exposure, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 315-341-0086.

The Oswego County Health Department holds clinics across the county to make it convenient for people to have their pets vaccinated for rabies. The next rabies clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the West Monroe Town Highway Garage, 46 County Rte. 11.

Clinics will also be held in:

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.

To reduce the risk of rabies in animals and humans, people should take the following steps:

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

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