One person was bitten by a rabid fox in the town of Onondaga. That's according to Onondaga County Health officials who say it's important for people to stay away from wild animals. More than 90-percent of rabies cases are from wild animals, they say.
Health officials have the following recommendations to keep your family safe:
- Teach children to stay away from unfamiliar animals, either wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
- Wash any wound from an animal thoroughly with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention.
- See your doctor for attention for any trauma due to an animal attack.
- If you come into contact with an animal exhibiting signs of rabies such as unusual behavior, change in the voice of the animal, signs of paralysis (weakness), a hard time swallowing, and a lot of salivation, acting lethargic (very weak), may have convulsions, and/or may die. Contact Animal Disease Prevention at 435-3165.
- Keep your pet's vaccinations current. This is especially important for your pet dogs, cats, and ferrets. New York State Public Health Law requires that all puppies and kittens get an initial shot at three months of age, with a booster shot every three years. Getting your pet regularly vaccinated can help stop the spread of rabies from wild animals to humans.