Rabid raccoon found in Kirkland, vaccination clinics available

A raccoon found in the town of Kirkland has tested positive for rabies, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 2:27 PM

KIRKLAND, N.Y. – A raccoon found in the town of Kirkland has tested positive for rabies, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

The animal was sent to the Wadsworth Center in Albany for testing on July 22, and the results came back positive the next day.

Residents are reminded to stay away from animals showing signs of rabies, including:

  • Animal acting strangely
  • Animal acting mad
  • Animal acting shy, or getting unusually close
  • Drooling or foaming from the mouth

There will be three rabies vaccination clinics held through September, at the following dates and times:

  • July 27: Vienna Town Garage, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 7: Rome City Hall, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: Annsville Highway Garage, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

People are asked to remain in their cars with their pets, and wear a mask, during the clinics.

To register for one of the events, click here.

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