Bat tests positive for rabies

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WHITESTOWN — A bat has tested positive for rabies in Whitestown, the Oneida County Health Department has reported. The bat was sent to the state Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing on Monday and positive results were issued on Tuesday.

One dog was exposed to the bat and there were no human exposures. The dog is current on rabies vaccinations and has received a rabies booster shot.

Signs of rabies include:

Animal acting strangely;

Animal acting mad;

Animal acting shy – the animal may get unusually close; and

Drooling, foaming from mouth. 

If you see an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, do not approach it and stay away, health officials say. If any animal is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer for help.

The Oneida County Health Department offers Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the year in various locations.     

Officials offer the following vaccination recommendations:

All cats, dogs, and ferrets three months or older must have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay indoors.

Dogs and cats must receive a rabies vaccination at three months old, one year, and then once every three years.

Ferrets must receive a rabies vaccination every year.

For information on Rabies Prevention, call the county at 315-798-5064 or to its website at https://www.ocgov.net//oneida/envhealth/MosquitoesTicksRabies.

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