Rabid raccoon reported in Newport

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Story Updated: Mar 1, 2013

NEWPORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Health officials warn that a raccoon found in Newport has tested positive for rabies.

According to Herkimer County Public Health, the raccoon was found this past week and was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory and confirmed to have been infected with the rabies virus.

Health Officials want to remind residents to consider all wild animals as potentially rabid and that exposure to rabies can be lethal to people, pets and domesticated animals.

Herkimer County Public Health says it is important to have pets and domesticated animals inoculated and kept up to date with their vaccinations to prevent infection. An unvaccinated animal exposed to a positive rabid animal will require a six month quarantine.

Herkimer County Public Health will be resuming their rabies clinics IN March, with more information and a schedule available online.

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