Kitten tests positive for rabies in city

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A kitten has tested positive for rabies in Rome, according to an announcement today by the Oneida County Health Department. The kitten was sent to the state Department of Health Wadsworth Center Laboratory in Albany for testing on Thursday, Aug. 6 and positive results were reported on Friday.

Multiple adults and pets were exposed to the kitten, and are receiving post exposure prophylaxis, according to Oneida County Health Department officials.

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 anyone sees an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, they should not approach it and stay away. If any animal is acting strangely, call a local animal control officer for help.

Residents are strongly urged to not approach animals that they do not know. 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.

A remaining rabies vaccination clinic scheduled in Annsville is booked and there are no other clinics scheduled at this time. For information on rabies prevention, contact the department at 315-798-5064 or log onto https://www.ocgov.net//oneida/envhealth/MosquitoesTicksRabies.

Health department officials offer the following vaccination recommendations:  

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

• Dogs and cats must receive a rabies vaccination at 3-months-old, one year, and then once every three years. 

• Ferrets must receive a rabies vaccination every year.

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