Raccoons tests positive for rabies in Andes and Bovina

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 18, 2018
Contact: Heather Warner, PH Programs Manager
Tel. (607) 832-5200 | heather.warner@co.delaware.ny.us
Raccoons tests positive for rabies in Andes and Bovina

Two raccoons have tested positive for rabies, one in the town of Andes and one in the town of Bovina. These are the first animals in Delaware County to test positive for rabies in 2018.
One dog was exposed to a confirmed rabid raccoon in the town of Andes, there were no human exposures. Vaccination records of the dog indicated the animal was not up to date their rabies vaccinations. The animal has begun a 6 month quarantine following the New York State Department of Health guidelines.
In Bovina one person was bitten by a confirmed rabid raccoon. The person has begun Rabies Post Exposure Treatment.
“There have been additional reports to the health department in other areas of the county about strange acting raccoons, but no human or domestic animal exposures were reported in those instances”, states Heather Warner, PH Programs Manager. “Getting your pet vaccinated by your vet or at a free clinic can help stop the spread of rabies from wild animals to humans”.
An exposure to rabies can be fatal for a human or a pet. Vaccination of pets and other animals represents the best preventive measure available. Be a responsible pet owner by keeping your pet’s vaccinations current. Public Health recommends that pet owners take advantage of any of the free remaining rabies clinics in Delaware County.

  • May 23, 2018 from 6PM-8PM, at the Town of Stamford Garage, 60187 St. Hwy 10, Hobart, NY 13788
  • June 6, 2018 from 5PM-7PM at the Town of Tompkins Highway Garage, 8586 State Hwy 206, Trout Creek, NY 13847
  • June 13, 2018 from 6PM-8PM at the Town of Walton Highway Garage,25901 State Hwy 10, Walton, NY 13838
  • July 11, 2018, from 5PM-6:30PM, 6292 River Road, Downsville, NY 13755
  • July 17, 2018 from 6PM-8PM, Town Clerk Building, 3 Elm St, Deposit, NY 13754
  • July 18, 2018 from 6PM-8PM, Delhi Fire Hall, 140 Delview Terrace Ext, Delhi, NY 13753
  • August 8, 2018 from 5PM-7PM, Masonville Fire Hall, 15488 NY-8, Masonville, NY 13804
  • August 22, 2018 from 5PM-7PM, Franklin Fire Hall, 351 Main St, Franklin, NY 13775
  • September 12, 2018 from 5PM-7PM, Sidney Fire Station, 74 River St, Sidney, NY 13838
  • October 17, 2018 from 6PM-8PM, Delhi Fire Hall, Delview Terrace Ext, Delhi, NY 1375

Once infected, rabies is a virus that has 100% fatality rate when left untreated, in mammals including humans. Public Health recommends the following precautions to protect yourself and your family from possible exposure to rabies:

  • Once infected, rabies is a virus that has 100% fatality rate when left untreated, in mammals including humans. Public Health recommends the following precautions to protect yourself and your family from possible exposure to rabies:
  • Report any sick or strange acting wildlife
  • Vaccinate pets and livestock. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Vaccinating your domestic animal 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 your home.
  • Do not feed strays. According to Public Health Law an owner is defined as any person keeping, harboring, or having charge or control of or permitting any dog, cat or domesticated ferret to remain on or be lodged or fed within such person’s house yard or premises.
  • 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 Health Department in your county. 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 were 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 must be given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact.

To report a suspected rabid animal call Delaware County Public Health Services at 607-832-5200. For more information call 607-832-5200 or visit our website at www.delawarecountypublichealth.com