GERMAN FLATTS – A rabid raccoon has been found in the town of German Flatts, according to the Herkimer County Public Health Department.
Health officials say a raccoon came into contact with a dog that was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccines, and the raccoon was then sent to Wadsworth Laboratory and confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus. The dog is now undergoing a six-month quarantine.
Health officials are reminding Herkimer County residents that rabies is endemic in Herkimer County and surrounding counties, and all bites or possible exposures must be reported to the local health department.
Exposure to the rabies virus is fatal to people, pets and domestic animals, and unvaccinated animals who are exposed to a rabid animal will need to be euthanized or quarantined for six months. The best way to prevent the rabies virus is by keeping pets up-to-date on their vaccinations, which in turn protects the pet owners as well.
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