Vaccine Shortage Demands Prudence When Dealing With Animals
only two manufacturers of human rabies vaccine approved for use in the
As a result, the Oneida County Health Department is cautioning area
residents to be particularly prudent when dealing with animals, both
domestic and feral in order to reduce the risk of exposure to the deadly
virus transmitted through the saliva and mucous membranes of an infected
no shortage currently exists, we could see a lack of vaccine by September if
there is a sustained demand throughout the summer months,
said Nicholas A. DeRosa, Oneida County Director of Health.
DeRosa added, Human
rabies vaccine will now only be available to those patients who have had
documented rabies exposure.
DeRosa stressed that in light of current conditions the public should
take every measure to avoid the threat of rabies and offered the following
your pets. NYS Health Law
requires all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 3 months to be vaccinated.
See your veterinarian or attend one of the rabies clinics sponsored
by the Oneida County Health Department.
not attempt to feed or touch stray or wild animals.
all sick or strange-acting animals.
not keep wild animals as pets.
not let your pet play with wild or stray animals
handle a bat, especially with bare hands.
bats out of the house and if exposed to bat in the house, do not allow it to
escape without being tested for rabies.
your pet is involved in a fight with an unknown pet or wildlife, do not care
for any wounds without proper protection.
bitten or scratched try to capture or at least identify the animal that
caused the injury.
your garbage cans and dont leave pets food outside where it can
attract wild animals.
mid-Atlantic Raccoon Epizootic strain of rabies is widespread throughout
For more information on rabies prevention contact the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5064 or log onto our web site at www.ocgov.net.