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Health department: 2 exposed to rabid cat in Oneida County

The Oneida County Health Department says that two people in the Oneida County town of Marcy were exposed to a rabid cat over the July 4 weekend.
Marcy (WSYR-TV) – The Oneida County Health Department says that two people in the Oneida County town of Marcy were exposed to a rabid cat over the July 4 weekend.

The health department did not say where the incident took place other than saying it occurred on a farm in the town of Marcy.

The health department said the two people needed to receive post-exposure treatment.

The department is cautioning people to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current.

The department will offer two more clinics in July:

  • Rome City Hall on July 27
  • Annsville Highway Garage on July 21

You can reach the health department at (315) 798-5064 or by visiting its website, ocgov.net/oneida/health.

The health department also offers several tips to deter rabies:

Keep your pets’ rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Dogs, cats and ferrets 3-months and older must be vaccinated. The Oneida County Health Department conducts a number of rabies clinics throughout the county.

  • Do not touch or feed wild or unknown animals
  • Do not touch dead or sick animals and warn children to avoid wild or strange animals
  • Walk your pet on a leash, and keep your pets indoors at night
  • Reduce your chances of contact by ‘animal proofing’ your property
  • Learn the signs of rabies in animals
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you have contact with an animal you think may be rabid
  • Report all animal bites to the Health Department
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