Rabid skunk found in Rome; adult exposed

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A skunk found in Rome earlier this week tested positive for rabies, causing an adult who was exposed to it to under go post-exposure prophylaxis treatment, the Oneida County Health Department announced today.

The skunk was sent to the state Health Department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory in Albany on Monday, and positive results reported Tuesday.

Signs of rabies include an animal acting strangely, mad or shy and getting unusually close, and drooling or foaming at the mouth.

This is the second incident of a confirmed rabies case in an animal in Rome in two weeks. A kitten was found to have the disease last week, causing multiple people and pets to need post-exposure preventative treatment.

The Health Department says anyone who sees such an animal, wild or stray, should stay away and call the local animal control officer.

Cats, dogs and ferrets three months of age 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, and ferrets every year.

For more information on Rabies Prevention, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5064 or log onto www.ocgov.net//oneida/envhealth/MosquitoesTicksRabies.

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