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Fox attacks Oswego County resident; rabies exposure possible

SCRIBA, NY – A resident of Oswego County is under treatment with rabies after being attacked by a fox at the weekend, according to the Oswego County Health Department.

The fox was taken and tested for rabies, said Judy Grandy, Oswego County's director of environmental hygiene.

With rabies activity high in Oswego County and the surrounding counties, pet owners should make sure their dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccines, Grandy said.

An 84-year-old man swallowed a Savannah fox in Wayne County last week after attacking his wife and knocking her down in their driveway, according to a Wayne County official.

The man and his wife were treated for possible rabies exposure, health officials said.

In Oswego County, the next rabies clinic is at. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Granby Town Highway Garage, 820 County Route 8.

"Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife and seeking medical attention after potential exposures before symptoms start," Grandy said.

The county offered these tips:

  • Dogs, cats and ferrets should receive their first rabies vaccine at three months of age.
  • Dogs and cats require a different vaccination within one year of the first and every three years thereafter.
  • Fritter must be vaccinated annually.
  • Pet owners must show that their pet was previously vaccinated to receive the three-year booster shot. They must bring their pet's last rabies vaccination certificate with them.
  • If someone comes in contact with a sick animal or a person acting suspiciously, it must be reported immediately to the local county health service.
  • A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.
  • Rabies is a preventable viral disease that is usually transmitted through bites of an infected animal.
  • Rabies virus infects the central nervous system; ultimately causes disease in the brain and death.

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