Another rabid animal found in Essex County

— The Essex County Public Health has confirmed another raccoon with rabies in the Village of Keeseville.

There were 19 confirmed cases of rabies reported to the ECPH in 2012 and only nine confirmed cases reported in 2011.

This year there have already been two confirmed cases of rabid animals, a skunk and a raccoon.

ECPH recommends these prevention actions:

·Be sure all your animals – pets and livestock – are up to date on rabies vaccinations;

·Feed pets indoors and don’t leave pets outside unattended;

·Don’t feed, touch or adopt wild or stray animals;

·Tightly cap garbage cans and avoid attracting wild animals to your yard with birdseed or other food;

ECPH department states that if your pet has contact with saliva or brain tissue of a suspected rabid animal contact your veterinarian for medical care and contact ECPH at 873-3500 to determine what additional follow-up may be needed.

If you have been exposed to saliva or brain tissue of a suspected rabid animal:

·Wash all wounds thoroughly with soap and water;

·Seek medical attention immediately;

·Report animal bites or possible rabies exposures to ECPH at 873-3500.

Essex County Public Health Department will submit wild animals and bats for rabies testing if they have had contact with humans or pets or have displayed unusual behavior. Visit www.co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth for more information about rabies and rabies clinics offered by ECPH.

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