A second case of rabies confirmed in Niagara County

A second case of rabies confirmed in Niagara County
Posted at 4:40 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 16:40:39-04

A second case of rabies has been confirmed in Niagara County, the Niagara County Department of Health announced Friday.

A bat from Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Pendleton was submitted for rabies testing and was confirmed positive.

It is the second rabid animal confirmed in Niagara County in 2018, both were bats.

The Niagara County Department of Health offered some tips for residents to avoid and prevent rabies exposure: 

•    Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or feral cats.

•    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. Dogs and cats that receive rabies vaccine after three months of age are protected for a one year period. Revaccinations are effective for up to three years. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors. 

•    Keep family pets indoors at night. Do not leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.

•    Don’t attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods which may attract wild animals. Feed pets indoors. Tightly cover, or put away garbage cans. Board up any openings to your attic, basement, porch or garage. Cap your chimney with screens.

•    Encourage children to immediately tell adults if they are bitten by any animals. Tell children not to touch any animals they do not know.

•    If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors that are outside. You may contact a nuisance wildlife control officer who will remove the animal for a fee or if there is danger, or you can call your local law enforcement agency.

•    If your pet has been in a fight with another animal, wear gloves to handle it. Isolate it from other animals and people for several hours. Call your veterinarian. Your vaccinated pet will need a booster dose of rabies vaccine within five days of the exposure. Unvaccinated animals exposed to a known or suspected rabid animal must be confined for six months or humanely destroyed.