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> Rabies Awareness and Vaccination Clinics

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


Friday, September 12, 2014

For more information contact:
Clayton Maybee or Adriel Shea at (607) 274-6688


Rabies Awareness and Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

(ITHACA, N.Y., September 12, 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. Additionally, the presence of a bat in a room with an unattended child, a sleeping person or a person with a sensory impairment is considered a high risk for transmission of rabies, as bat bites may go unnoticed. 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.

The risk of rabies in Tompkins County is real. There have been 6 confirmed rabid animals in Tompkins County during the first nine months of 2014. One of these rabid animals was a bat found inside a home. This is a reminder that even indoors, people and pets are at risk of contracting rabies from bats.

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 fall clinics are offered in 2014:

Newfield School Bus Garage,  Wednesday September 24
Groton Fire Station, Thursday September 25
Caroline Town Highway Garage, Wednesday October 1
Trumansburg School Bus Garage, Thursday October 2
Ithaca Central Fire Station, Wednesday October 8

All Clinics are 7:00–9:00 PM

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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