Rabid cat and bat confirmed in Herkimer County

Two rabid animals have recently been found in Herkimer County, according to the county Public Health department.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 4:30 PM

Two rabid animals have recently been found in Herkimer County, according to the county's Public Health department.

Public Health officials say a stray cat from the town of Manheim was recently sent to Wadsworth Laboratory and it was confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus.

A bat from the city of Little Falls was also sent to the lab recently and confirmed to be infected with rabies.

Health officials are reminding Herkimer County residents that rabies is endemic in Herkimer County and surrounding areas, and all bites or possible exposures need to be reported to the local health department.

Exposure to the rabies virus is fatal to people, pets and other animals, but it is very preventable by making sure that indoor animals are vaccinated and kept up-to-date with their vaccinations to prevent infection. Unvaccinated animals that are exposed to a rabid animal must be euthanized or quarantined for six months.

The Herkimer County Public Health department will be holding a rabies clinic June 14 at the Dolgeville Fire Department, from 5:30-7 p.m. The clinic is an opportunity to vaccinate any unvaccinated animals in the area.

Here is a complete list of rabies clinics in Herkimer County for 2018:

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