HERKIMER, N.Y. -- The Herkimer County Health Department is saying they're already ahead of schedule for number of confirmed cases of rabies this year compared to last year.
Officials with the state are calling this an endemic, meaning it's in every town and community throughout the state.
There are already seven confirmed cases of rabies in Herkimer County, and there were 11 total last year, and the region is not even half way through the year yet.
Four of those cases, were confirmed in Frankfort – all of them, raccoons.
The nurse says there was another confirmed case in German Flatts, and that one was a cat.
She says rabies has become an issue across the state.
An important thing to note is that rabies doesn't have to pose symptoms immediately, the nurse says it could take up to seven months for anyone to see signs.
The public can protect themselves or their family pets from rabies by practicing the following:
1. Vaccinate your pets against rabies
2. Make sure animal enclosures are secure so small animals cannot get in.
3. Spay or neuter all animals to reduce the number of strays.
4. Do not feed strays or handle unknown animals, wild or domestic.
Herkimer County Public Health’s next rabies clinic will be held at the Ohio Community Recreational Center, 140 Nellis Road, town of Ohio.