FAIRFIELD – A Fairfield resident was attacked by a rabid fox recently, according to the Herkimer County Public Health Department.
Health Department officials say a fox attacked a resident while he was going into his home in Fairfield, and it was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory where it was confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus. No further information was released regarding potential injuries to the resident.
The Health Department is reminding residents that rabies is endemic in Herkimer County and surrounding counties, and exposure to the rabies virus is fatal to people and animals, but it’s preventable.
It’s important to vaccinate pets, even indoor animals, and keep them up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. By protecting your pets from the rabies virus, you’re also protecting yourself from it.
An unvaccinated animal who is exposed to a rabid animal will need to be euthanized or quarantined for six months.
Health Department officials say it’s also important to remember that feeding stray and wild animals invites a possible risk into your environment.
For a list of rabies clinics in Herkimer County for 2018, click here.