Cat tests positive for rabies in Marcy

MARCY – A cat tested positive for rabies in the town of Marcy.

The cat was sent to the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center for testing on September 7, and positive results were reported the next day.

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

Signs of rabies are the following:

Animal behaves strangely

Animal is acting crazy

Shy animal – the animal can get unusually close

Drooling or foaming from your mouth

If someone sees a wild or stray animal with these signs, do not approach and stay away.

If an animal is behaving strangely, people should seek help from their local animal welfare officer. For the sake of pet safety and the convenience of the county’s residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year at various locations in the municipality.

Health officials offer the following vaccination recommendations:

All cats, dogs and ferrets three months and older must have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay indoors.

Dogs and cats must have a rabies vaccination at three months, one year of age, and then every three years.

Ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies every year.

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