2017-08-09 / News

Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in Davenport

By Rosie Cunningham

DAVENPORT - A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the town of Davenport, according to a media release from Delaware County Public Health Services (DCPH). This is the third incident of rabid animals being infected in 2017.

Two dogs were exposed to the diseased raccoon when they cornered and killed the animal, but the dogs were up-to-date on their vaccinations and each received a rabies booster, the release said. Two people were also exposed and are receiving rabies post-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

The first report of 2017 came about when a bat from the village of Delhi tested positive for rabies following an occurrence on May 25.

There were no human exposures but a dog and two cats were exposed to the rabid bat. Vaccination records of the pets indicated the animals were not current on their rabies vaccinations. The animals began a six-month quarantine, as per the New York State Department of Health guidelines.

Two dogs in the town of Walton came into contact with a raccoon that tested positive for rabies following an incident on July 12. During that time Health Education Coordinator for DCPH Heather Warner said no human exposure was reported. One of the exposed dog’s rabies vaccination was not up to date when the incident occurred and the canine had to be quarantined.

In December of 2016, a raccoon tested positive in the town of Andes.

Warner advised that it is very important to keep all animals current with their shots.

Rabies has a 100 percent fatality rate when left untreated in mammals, including humans.

The department has conducted 13 of the 16 scheduled rabies clinics for 2017. The following remaining free rabies clinics in Delaware County are tonight,

• Aug. 9: 4-6 p.m., Franklin Fire Hall, 351 Main St., Franklin;

• Aug. 23: 5-7 p.m., Sidney Fire Hall, 74 River St., Sidney.

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