Person bit, scratched by rabid cat in Oswego County

OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Oswego County Health Department says one resident is receiving post-exposure rabies treatment after being bit and scratched by a stray cat in Volney.

The cat tested positive for rabies.

In late May, rabid raccoons were reported in Volney and Richland by the USDA Wildlife Service. There was no human exposure in those cases.

To reduce the risk of rabies in animals and humans, pet owners should make sure their dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccines

The health department will hold its next rabies clinic Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bristol Hill Landfill maintenance building, 3125 State Rte. 3, Volney.

Clinics are also scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palermo Town Highway Garage, 1572 County Rte. 45
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive, Scriba.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.

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The health department’s staff is available around-the-clock to respond to incidents involving possible rabies exposure by calling 315-349-3564 on weekdays, or by calling the department’s answering service at 315-341-0086 evenings, weekends and holidays.

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