Raccoon found in LaFayette tests positive for rabies

Published 07/08 2014 03:07PM

Updated 07/08 2014 03:10PM

LaFayette (WSYR-TV) – A raccoon found in the town of LaFayette has tested positive for rabies, according to the county health department.

The Onondaga County Health Department said the state’s laboratory confirmed the case on Tuesday.

The raccoon was seen on near Route 20 between O’Connell and Berry roads.

The health department offers the following tips for dealing with the possibility of rabies:

  • Teach children to stay away from unfamiliar animals, either wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Wash any wound from an animal thoroughly with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention.
  • See your doctor for attention for any trauma due to an animal attack.

If you see an animal that you believe is infected with rabies, call Animal Disease Prevention at (315) 435-3165.

The health department stresses that it is important to keep your pet’s vaccinations current.

The next rabies shot clinic will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Onondaga Nation Fire Department on Route 11A in Nedrow.

The clinic is open to the public.

A full schedule of upcoming clinics is available at www.ongov.net/health or by calling (315 ) 435-3165.

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