Kitten tests positive for rabies in Oneida County; multiple adults and other pets exposed –

Several adults and family pets were exposed to the kittycat, and are receiving proper treatment, said Oneida County Health Department authorities. No further info was given about the kittycat or how other people and animals were exposed.

A kitty has actually evaluated favorable for rabies in the city of Rome, according to a statement by the Oneida County Health Department.
The kitty was sent out to the state Department of Health Wadsworth Center Lab in Albany for screening on Thursday, and favorable results were reported on Friday, according to the Rome Sentinel.

The Health Department issued the following suggestions about rabies and animals– consisting of pets:

* Residents are strongly advised to not approach animals that they do not know. For the safety of family pets and the benefit of county locals, the Oneida County Health Department uses Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the year in different neighborhood places.

* If anyone sees an animal, wild or stray, with these indications, they ought to not approach it and remain away. If any animal is acting oddly, call a local animal control officer for assistance.

* Signs of rabies include: Animal acting strangely; animal acting mad; animal acting shy– the animal may get unusually close; and lathering or drooling from the mouth.

Vaccination recommendations for family pets:

– All pets, felines, and ferrets age three-months or older should have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay inside.

– Ferrets must receive a rabies vaccination every year.

– Dogs and felines should receive a rabies vaccination at 3-months-old, one year, and after that once every three years.