Rabies activity has been reported in the Norwich area. Since December 12th upwards of six potentially rabid skunks have been identified and removed from the east side of the city.
To protect yourself, your family, and your pets please take the following precautions:
· Vaccinate your pets for rabies! Pet dogs & cats should be up-to-date on
rabies vaccinations & dogs should be wearing current license tags on their
collar. For information on rabies vaccination for your pets, please call your
local veterinarian or Chenango County Environmental Health at 607-337-1673
· If your pet has interaction with any rabies suspect animal DO NOT handle your pet. If you must attend to you pet where gloves, long sleeves and use extreme caution. You can be exposed to rabies from lingering saliva on a pet’s fur. The pet should be isolated and the saliva allowed to dry, this will kill the virus.
· Keep pets on a leash when outside a fenced yard!
· Enjoy wildlife from a distance! Do not attempt to feed, approach, or touch
wild animals. Do NOT kill healthy appearing animals merely due to this
warning. If you see a wild mammal acting abnormally* in this area, report it to Chenango County Environmental Health at 607-337-1673.
· Do NOT trap and relocate skunks! Doing so spreads rabies to other areas. If you have a nuisance animal contact a professional wildlife control agent.
· If you or a loved-one is bitten by an animal, wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water & seek medical care. Be sure to report the bite to public health officials.
*Note: Rabid animals may show no fear of people and may even seem friendly. Rabid bats typically fall to the ground where they become accessible to kids and pets. For more information about rabies please call Chenango County Environmental Health at 607-337-1673