Four animals were recently found to be rabid in Herkimer County, according to the Herkimer County Public Health Department.
Two bats in the town of German Flatts and two raccoons in the town of Frankfort were sent to Wadsworth Laboratory and confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus.
Health Department officials are reminding Herkimer County residents that rabies is endemic in Herkimer County and surrounding counties. All bites and possible exposures must be reported to the Health Department.
Exposure to the rabies virus is fatal to people, pets and domesticated animals, and health officials say it’s important to keep pets vaccinated and up-to-date with their vaccinations to prevent infection.
If an unvaccinated animal is exposed to a rabid animals, it will have to be quarantined for six months or euthanized.
If you have questions, you can call Herkimer County Public Health at 315-867-1176.
Click here for the 2018 Rabies Clinic Vaccination Schedule in Herkimer County.