Fox tests positive for rabies in Boonville


BOONVILLE — A fox has tested positive for rabies in the town of Boonville. The fox was sent to the state Department of Health Wadsworth Center Laboratory for testing on Wednesday, July 29, and positive results were reported on Thursday, July. Two adults were exposed to the fox, and are receiving post exposure treatment. 

Signs of rabies include: 

Animal acting strangely;  

Animal acting mad;

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

Drooling or foaming from the mouth.

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

For the safety of pets and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year in various community locations. There are appointments still available in one upcoming rabies vaccination clinics: 

Monday, Sept. 21 — Annsville Highway Garage, 9042 Meadows Road, Taberg, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 

People attending the clinic should follow COVID guidelines, including: 

Remain in your vehicle with your pet;

Masks are required when transferring your pet to staff. 

You must make an appointment. You can pre-register for the upcoming clinic by calling 315-798-5064 or online at 

Health Department 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 more information on Rabies Prevention, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5064 or log onto our web site at 


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