Rabid fox killed by New Hartford police after biting two people

It happened on Imperial drive last Friday.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 4:31 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2019 4:31 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- A rabid fox was killed by a New Hartford police officer after it bit two people.

It happened on Imperial drive last Friday.

The Oneida County Health Department says the people immediately started rabies post-exposure treatment.

The fox was sent to the Wadsworth Center for testing where positive results were reported.

“This is the second case in a week of an animal testing positive for rabies in our community,” said Oneida County Director of Health, Phyllis D. Ellis, in a statement. “It is extremely important that residents are attentive to basic safety measures for the protection of their families and pets.”

Officials sent along rabies prevention reminders to always keep in mind:
• Don’t feed or touch wild animals or stray dogs or cats

• Be sure your dogs, cats and ferrets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. Vaccines for dogs, cats and ferrets after three months of age are effective for a one-year period. Revaccinations can be effective for up to three years, depending on the product used. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors

• Don't try to separate two fighting animals. Wear gloves if you handle your pet after a fight.

• Keep family pets indoors at night. Don't leave them outside unattended.

• Don't attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods. Feed pets indoors. Tightly cap or put away garbage cans.

• Tell children not to touch any animal they do not know. Encourage children to immediately tell an adult if they are bitten by any animal.

• If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside. It is important to contact police, municipal, or wildlife control officials.

• Seek medical attention and report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to your local health department.

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