The Onondaga County Health Department has confirmed three more cases of wild animals testing positive for rabies from three different towns.
Interim Health Commissioner Michelle Mignano says that a rabid raccoon was found in the Route 11A area in Nedrow, and two rabid bats were found; one in the Town of Manlius and one in the Town of Lafayette. That brings the total number of confirmed rabies cases in Onondaga County this year to ten.
â??We are seeing high numbers of animals testing positive for rabies this season, further emphasizing the need to remain vigilant and to never touch or feed wildlife because they may be rabid,â?? Mignano says. â??Rabies is preventable by avoiding close contact to wildlife and domestic pets that you are unfamiliar with.â??
The health department offers these tips to keep you and your family safe from possible rabies contamination:
-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 with a lot of salivation, and/or acting lethargic (very weak), contact Animal Disease Prevention at 435-3165.
-Keep your petâ??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.
Here is a list of the health departmentâ??s upcoming rabies shot clinics:
-Thursday, August 7, 5-7 pm Village of Minoa DPW
-Thursday, August 14, 5-7 pm St. Lucyâ??s Church, Syracuse
-Tuesday, September 9, 5-7 pm East Molloy Road SPCA, Mattydale
-Thursday, September 18, 5-7 pm Marcellus FD
-Thursday, November 6, 5-7 pm Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville
-Saturday, December 6, 10 am-noon, East Molloy Road SPCA, Mattydale
For more details on rabies, including how to bat-proof your home, click here.