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Rabid raccoon found in town of Columbia

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A rabid raccoon has been found in the town of Columbia, according to the Herkimer County Public Health Department.

Posted: Sep 26, 2018 5:25 PM

A rabid raccoon has been found in the town of Columbia, according to the Herkimer County Public Health Department.

Health officials say a raccoon was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory and it was confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus. The raccoon had direct contact with a dog as well as a porcupine.

Health officials are reminding Herkimer County residents that rabies is endemic in Herkimer County and surrounding counties.

Exposure to the rabies virus is fatal to people, and all pets should be kept vaccinated and up-to-date with their vaccinations. If an unvaccinated animal is exposed to a rabid animal, it will need to be quarantined for six months or euthanized.

Click here for the full list of rabies clinics in Herkimer County for 2018.

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