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Health Department Warns of Rabid Fox Found on Kendall Avenue

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Health Department Warns of Rabid Fox Found on Kendall Avenue

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Tompkins County Health Department reports that a fox located on Kendall Ave., in the Town of Ithaca, was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory on May 15, 2018.

An initial attack that occurred on Ithaca College campus was reported to the Health Department at approximately 1 P.M. on Friday, May 11, 2018. The Health Department enlisted the aid of Animal Control to assist the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety in a search for the fox to prevent further incidents. Additional reports of a fox attacking humans and pets in neighborhoods off Coddington Rd, east of Ithaca College, were called in to the Health Department on Friday evening and into early Saturday morning, at which time the fox was located and dispatched by an officer of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department. Several people who encountered the fox are currently undergoing post exposure treatment to prevent rabies. One dog received a rabies booster due to an exposure with this fox.

Anyone who has questions, or thinks they or their pet may have come in contact with saliva from this fox or any other wild animal should contact the Tompkins County Health Department at (607) 274-6688.

This is the third confirmed rabies positive animal in Tompkins County in 2018.

The Health Department reminds everyone to:

1. Avoid contact with any unfamiliar cats or dogs and any wild animals.
2. All cats, dogs and ferrets must have initial rabies vaccinations administered no later than four
      months of age.  Keep vaccinations current!
3. Report the following incidents to the Tompkins County Health Department at 274-6688:

  • All animal bites or scratches.
  • Any human or pet contact with saliva or other potentially infectious material (brain tissue, spinal tissue, or cerebro-spinal fluid) of wild animals or any animal suspected of having rabies.
  • All bat bites, scratches, or any mere skin contact with a bat, or a bat in a room with a child, or sleeping or impaired person.

Tompkins County has one remaining Spring Free Rabies Clinic scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Town of Ithaca Public Works building from 7-9:00 PM.