TRENTON — A cow has tested positive for rabies in the town of Trenton, according to an announcement today by the Oneida County Department of Health. The cow was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsorth Center Laboratory for testing on Thursday, Oct. 15, and the positive results were confirmed the following day.
Three people who who were exposed tot he cow are receiving post-exposure prophylaxis.
Signs of rabies include:
Animal acting strangely;
Animal acting mad;
Animal acting shy — or the animal may get unusually close; and/or
Animal drooling or foaming from the mouth.
People who see an animal — wild, stray or tame — with these signs, do not approach it and stay away, health officials say. If any animal is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer for help. Residents are strongly advised not to approach animals they do not know.
For the safety of pets and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year. There are however, no scheduled clinics at this time. People may get their pets vaccinated for rabies, by contacting their veterinarian.
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 go online to https://www.ocgov.net//oneida/envhealth/MosquitoesTicksRabies