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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Meredith

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 4/12/24 | 4/12/24

A raccoon tested positive for rabies in the town of Meredith. This is the first laboratory  confirmed positive case of rabies in Delaware County in 2024.  

A rabid raccoon entered a cow barn in the town of Meredith and attacked and bit a cow.  The raccoon was dispatched and sent for testing to the New York State Department of  Health Wadsworth Laboratory. Laboratory test revealed rabies infection of the raccoon.  The cow that was attacked and bitten has been euthanized. There were no human  exposures, and no other domestic animals were exposed to the rabid raccoon.  Once infected, rabies is a virus that has 100% fatality rate when left untreated, in mammals  including humans. Public Health recommends the following precautions to protect yourself  and your family from possible exposure to rabies: 

• Report any sick or strange acting wildlife 

• Vaccinate pets and livestock. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and  ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Vaccinating your domestic animal  not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the  rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people. 

• Vaccination is also recommended for livestock with frequent human contact. • Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near  your home. 

• Do not feed strays. According to Public Health Law an owner is defined as any  person keeping, harboring, or having charge or control of or permitting any dog, cat or  domesticated ferret to remain on or be lodged or fed within such person’s house yard or premises.

• Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting  in a strange or unusual manner. 

• Report all animal bites and any contact with bats to the Health Department in your  county. Human rabies can be prevented after exposure by administering a series of shots.  • Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside. • Children should be instructed to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or  scratched by any animal. 

• If a pet not up to date on its rabies vaccinations comes in contact with rabid or  suspected rabid animal the pet must be quarantined for six months. 

• Vaccinated pets that come in contact with rabid or suspected rabies animal must be  given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact. 

An exposure to rabies can be fatal for a human or a pet. Be sure your dogs, cats and ferrets  are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Vaccinated pets serve as a buffer between rabid  wildlife and man. Protect them, and you may reduce your risk of exposure to rabies.  Public Health recommends that pet owners take advantage of any of the free remaining  rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets in Delaware County.  

Sidney-May 6, 2024, 5:30PM-7:30PM, Sidney Fire Hall: 74 River St. Sidney, NY 13838 

Hancock- May 13, 2024, 5:30-7:30PM, Hancock Town Hall, 661 West Main St. Hancock,  NY 13783 

Franklin- June 10, 2024, 5:30PM-7:30PM, Franklin Fire Hall, 351 Main St., Franklin, NY  13775 

Arkville- June 13, 2024, 4PM-6PM, Arkville Fire Hall, 43365 State Highway 28, Arkville,  NY 12406 

Roxbury- June 27, 2024, 4PM-6PM, Roxbury Highway Garage, 52508 State Highway 30,  Roxbury, NY 12474 

Walton-July 11, 2024, 5 PM- 7 PM, Walton Highway Garage, 25091 State Highway 10,  Walton, NY 13856 

Delhi- August 22, 2024, 5 PM-7 PM, Delhi Fire Hall, 140 Delview Terrace Extn. Delhi, NY  13753 

Stamford-September 12, 2024, 5 PM- 7 PM, Stamford Fire Hall, 111 Main St. Stamford,  NY 12167

To report a suspected rabid animal call Delaware County Public Health Services at 607-832- 5200. For more information call 607-832-5200 or visit our website at 

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