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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Friday, April 26, 2013

For more information contact:
Clayton Maybee or Audrey Balander, 607-274-6688


Rabies Facts and Upcoming Clinics

(ITHACA, N.Y., April 26, 2013) — Rabies is a fatal neurological disease that may be transmitted to humans from infected raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, dogs, cats and other mammals. Animal bites are the most common method of transmission, but contact with brain or spinal tissues or fluids can also transmit the disease. A bat bite is considered a high risk of transmission of rabies. If a bat is in a room with a child or a sleeping, or impaired person, they may be at risk for rabies because they may be unaware of being bitten by the bat. Please report all animal bites (domestic and wild animals) and any of the above incidents to the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6688.

Approximately 275 animal-related skin breaks (both domestic and wild animals) were reported throughout Tompkins County during 2012. Over 100 people received rabies post-exposure treatment due to exposure to a confirmed rabid animal or a presumed rabid animal.  187 animals were submitted to the New York State Rabies Testing Laboratory. Thirteen rabies positive animals (3 raccoons, 5 bats, 2 red foxes, 1 mink, 1 deer, and 1 woodchuck) were identified in six of the county’s nine towns in 2012. 

The risk of rabies is continuing in 2013 as well.  There have been two confirmed rabid animals in Tompkins County (one raccoon and one bat) during the first three months of 2013.

New York State Public Health Law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Failure to vaccinate may result in the loss of your pet!  Protect your pet. Protect your family.

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) provides FREE rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The following spring clinics are offered in 2013:

Lansing – Central Fire Station – Wednesday, May1
Ithaca – Highway Garage – Wednesday, May 8
Enfield – Old Highway Garage –Thursday, May 9
Dryden – Tompkins County SPCA – Wednesday, May 15

All Clinics are 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive a three year certificate for cats and dogs. If there is no proof of prior vaccination, a one year certificate will be issued. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.

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