SYRACUSE, NY – A fox who came into contact with three residents of Onondaga County was rated positive for rabies on Monday.
The three residents were exposed to the rabid fox, but there were, according to a press release by the Health Commissioner Indu Gupta has so far had no cases of rabies in people in the province this year.
The province did not specify how people were exposed to the rabies fox or where the rabies fox was found. Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard has contacted county officials, but they have not responded yet. So far this year, five animals ̵
"This is the season when the public may come across wildlife," Gupta said. "It's important not to touch or feed wildlife, as they may be rabid."
The Health Commissioner emphasized the importance of "protecting yourself from rabies … all year round."
Rabies is a deadly disease that infects the brain and spinal cord, "said Gupta. It can take several weeks to several months for rabies symptoms to appear. Although there is no treatment for rabies, it is preventable in both humans and pets.
According to Oswego County Department of Health officials, one resident of Oswego County was attacked by a fox who was being treated for rabies exposure.
In Wayne County, an 84-year-old man strangled a fox to death On July 30, after attacking his wife and knocking her down in their driveway, a Wayne County official stated.
Onondaga County gave the following tips for preventing pet and human rabies:
- Eighth Rabies vaccines are up-to-date For all your pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) The state health law requires that all puppies and kittens get their first shot at the age of 3 months, the first booster shot within one year of the first Shot and then every three years a booster shot ferrets have to get a shot every year.
- Take control of yours Pets. Keep cats and ferrets in the house and keep dogs under direct supervision.
- Be sure to wear gloves before taking care of your dog after a fight with a wild animal. Contact a veterinarian for further care.
- Contact your city or community for assistance or guidance on removing stray or wild animals from your neighborhood.
- Never try to approach or pet a wild or unknown animal, including stray cats.
- Do not bring a wild animal such as a fox, raccoon, woodchuck, or skunk home or treat them as pets.
- Supervise children interacting with animals. Never approach a dog, especially one who is shackled or locked behind a fence or in a car. Be careful with strange dogs. Do not stroke a dog – not even yours – without first seeing you and sniffing.