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Fourth rabies case reported in Niagara County

Rabies death: Florida resident dies after rabid bat bite, DOH confirms
Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 13:19:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara County Department of Health is reporting a fourth rabies case in 2019.

The health department says it has been notified of a bat submitted for rabies testing from Sheetram Road in the Town of Pendleton was confirmed positive. The bat was caught by a homeowner after it flew into the residence.

Authorities are reminding residents of the following precautions to prevent exposure to rabies from wildlife and domestic animals:

• Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or feral cats.
• Be sure your dogs and cats 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. Re-vaccinations are effective for up to three years with proof of previous vaccination. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors.

A free rabies clinic will be held Saturday, September 14 at the Town of Lockport Highway Department at 6560 Dysinger fron 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m..