Fox That Attacks Three People Tests Positive For Rabies

A fox that attacked three people in an Oswego County town has tested positive for rabies.

The attacks were in Sandy Creek near Snyder Road and County Route 15. The three people attacked are receiving post-contact rabies treatments.   It's the second attack by a rabid animal in Oswego County this year.  

Health officials say it's essential that any encounter with a potentially rabid animal be investigated, since treatment that begins before symptoms occur can prevent rabies from developing in humans.   To report a possible exposure, call the Oswego Country Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the department’s answering service at 315-341-0086.

Officials also encourage anyone with pets who have not had a rabies vaccine to do so iimmediately.  Rabies clinics are available at these locations:

  • West Monroe: Wednesday, June 6, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 46 County Rte. 11.     
  • Hannibal: Wednesday, July 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 68 Cemetery Drive.     
  • Volney: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill maintenance building, 3125 NYS Rte. 3
  • Pulaski: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.    
  • Scriba: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

The department suggests a $7 donation per animal to cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.

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