July 22, 2011
Boy, Family Pets Involved in Rabid Animal Attacks
An Oneida County youth and several family pets are undergoing post exposure treatment for rabies after being attacked by a raccoon and a grey fox in separate incidents earlier this week, Health Department officials say.
A Floyd resident discovered her pet cat cornered in her garage by a raccoon that had porcupine quills imbedded in its face and body. The cat was bitten before the woman was able to shoot and kill the raccoon, which later tested positive for rabies. The cat had previously received a rabies vaccine and was given a booster following the attack. It will be quarantined for six months. There was no human contact involved in this incident.
For more information on rabies treatment and prevention, or for a complete schedule of rabies clinics, call the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5064 or visit our website at ocgov.net.