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Public Health issues discussed in Essex County

— Daggett said people can stay protected by staying on worn trails, wearing light-colored clothing and checking for ticks when coming out of the woods.

“You can also help pets with vaccinations and collars to make sure they are not carrying anything into the homes,” she said. “It’s about protection, individual protection.”

Daggett also addressed the recent number of positive tests that have come back for rabies cases in the county.

“There were eight last year and 10 this year,” she said.”We will continue our surveillance and find out where these animals are and keep the public informed.”

Daggett said that the biggest form of staying away from rabbies is staying away from suspicious and animals that are not your pets.

“Stay away from rabid animals,” she said. “Keep animals inside at night. Do not touch stray and wild animals. We have had sad situations where children will find some baby raccoons and they will touch each one. Then the baby raccoons have to be tested for rabies, and that means killing them.”

Daggett said prevention measures in the county have included vaccinations for pets and bait drops throughout the county.

“Protection and prevention are our key role in this,” she said. “We want to hold back the spread of rabies to the north. We know that it is here in the animal population in the south.”

Jay Supervisor and county Board Chairman Randy Douglas said that he has been in contact with the Public Health Department since there was a positive test in his town.

“I have been driving these two ladies nuts over the last two weeks but I have some people who are very concerned over rabies,” he said. “They have been asking a lot of questions and I have had to ask public health to get involved and they have done a tremendous job.”

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