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TOMPKINS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For more information contact:
Clayton Maybee or Sarah Caputi at 607-274-6688

 

Rabies — Protect yourself, your family, your pets

 
(ITHACA, N.Y., April 22, 2014) — Rabies is a fatal neurologic 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 as well as a bat in a room with a child, a sleeping or impaired person is also considered a high risk for transmission of rabies. 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 234 animal-related skin breaks (both domestic and wild animals) were reported throughout Tompkins County during 2013. Eighty eight people received rabies post-exposure treatment due to exposure to a confirmed rabid animal or a presumed rabid animal. Two hundred and three animals were submitted to the New York State Rabies Testing Laboratory. Eight rabies positive animals (one raccoon, six bats and one fox) were identified in the county in 2013.

The risk of rabies is continuing in 2014 as well. There has been one confirmed rabid animal in Tompkins County (one raccoon) during the first three months of 2014.

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 provides FREE rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The following spring clinics are offered in Spring 2014:

Lansing Central Fire: Station Wednesday May 7
Danby Fire Station: Thursday May 8
Dryden Tompkins County SPCA: Wednesday May 14
Enfield Old Highway Garage: Thursday May 15
Ithaca Town Highway Garage: Wednesday May 21

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.

To find out more, please visit: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/eh/neighborhood/rabiesfacts

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