Skunk tests positive for rabies in the Town of Ava

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Skunk tests positive for rabies in the Twon of Ava

AVA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A skunk has tested positive for rabies in the Town of Ava. The skunk was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing, as part of routine USDA Wildlife Services rabies monitoring.  Positive results were reported October 19, 2021.  There were no exposures to the skunk.         

Signs of rabies include:

  • Animal acting strangely
  • Animal acting mad
  • Animal acting shy – the animal may get unusually close
  • Drooling or foaming from the mouth  

If you see an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, do not approach it and stay away.  If any animal is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer for help.

For the safety of pets and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the year in various community locations.     

Health Department Officials offer the following vaccination recommendations:

  • All cats, dogs, and ferrets three months 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.
  • Ferrets must receive a rabies vaccination every year.

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

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