Cat tests positive for rabies in New Hartford

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NEW HARTFORD — A cat has tested positive for rabies in the town of New Hartford.

According to an announcement on Sunday by the Oneida County Department of Health, one adult had exposure to the cat and has received post-exposure prophylaxis.

The cat was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing on July 2, and positive results were reported the on July 3.

County Department of Health officials urge people to know the signs of rabies. They include:

Animal acting strangely;  

Animal acting mad;  

Animal acting shy – the animal may get unusually close; and  

Drooling or foaming from the mouth.

If you see an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, do not approach it and stay away. If any animal is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer for help. 

For the safety of pets and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the year in various community locations. As of now, dates of future clinics will be released at later time. 

Health Department Officials offer the following vaccination recommendations: 

All cats, dogs, and ferrets three months or older must have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay indoors. 

Dogs and cats must receive a rabies vaccination at three months old, one year, and then once every three years. 

Ferrets must receive a rabies vaccination every year. 

For more information on Rabies Prevention, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5064 or log onto its web site at https://www.ocgov.net//oneida/envhealth/MosquitoesTicksRabies

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