06/27/2019 - A skunk in the town of Andes has tested positive for rabies. The rabid skunk exposed 4 dogs and one person. The person exposed to the rabid skunk is receiving rabies post exposure prophylaxis. Two of the four dogs were up to date on their rabies vaccinations and received boosters after the exposure. Public Health is working with the dog owner and Town of Andes officials to implement a six-month quarantine on the two dogs that were not up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
Rabies is endemic to the area. An exposure to rabies can be fatal for a human or a pet. Vaccination of pets and other animals is the best preventive measure available. Be a responsible pet owner by keeping your pet's vaccinations current.
Once infected, rabies is a virus that has a 100% fatality rate for mammals, including humans, when left untreated. 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.
The remaining rabies 2019 rabies clinics are listed below can and can be viewed at www.delawarecountypublichealth.com
Franklin-July 9, 2019 5PM-7PM, Franklin Fire Hall, 351 Main St, Franklin, NY 13775
Masonville-July 18, 2019, 5PM-7PM, Masonville Fire Hall, 15488 NY-8, Masonville, NY 13804
Walton- August 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Walton Highway Garage, 25091 NY-10, Walton, NY 13856
Roxbury- August 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Roxbury Town Garage, 52508 NY-30, Roxbury, NY 12474
Tompkins- September 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Highway Garage, 8586 St. Route 206, Trout Creek, NY
East Branch-September 10, 2019,7PM-8:30PM, East Branch Fire Hall, 29 Bridge St, East Branch, NY 13756
Delhi- Date To Be Determined, Delhi Fire Hall, 140 Delview Terrace Ext., Delhi, NY 13753