Cat exams optimistic for rabies in Trenton

CITY OF TRENTON – A cat tested positive for rabies in the city of Trenton, according to officials from the Oneida County Health Department.

The cat was sent to the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center for testing on April 26, and positive results were reported on April 27.

Two people were exposed to the cat and received post-exposure prophylaxis.

Signs of rabies are:

• Animal that acts strangely.

• Animal is acting crazy.

• Animal that acts shyly – the animal may come unusually close.

• Drooling or foaming from the mouth.

Anyone who sees a wild or stray animal with these signs should not approach it and stay away. If an animal starts acting strange, contact the local animal control officer.

For the safety of pets and the convenience of the county’s residents, the Oneida County Health Department operates rabies vaccination clinics at various locations throughout the community throughout the year. The locations, dates and times of the upcoming clinics will be determined and published shortly.

Health Department officials offer the following vaccination recommendations:

• All cats, dogs, and ferrets three months or older must have an up-to-date rabies shot, even if they stay indoors.

• Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies at three months, one year of age, and then every three years.

• Ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies every year.

For more information about rabies prevention, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5064 or visit the website at https://www.ocgov.net//oneida/envhealth/MosquitoesTicksRabies.