Woodchuck positive for rabies in Cazenovia bites cat

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A woodchuck in the Town of Cazenovia has tested positive for rabies.

According to Madison County Public Health, the woodchuck bit an unvaccinated cat, which had to be euthanized as a result.

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This is the county’s first positive rabies result in 2024.

“Residents should be on alert for aggression or odd behaviors in animals. Play it safe and avoid contact with any wild animals and pets you don’t know. Keep your pets safe by keeping them vaccinated from rabies,” said Director of Environmental Health Aaron Lazzara

How children can be safe around animals

  • Never feed or approach a wild animal – even if it appears to be harmless
  • Be careful of pets that you do not know. If you see a stray dog or cat, don´t pet it
  • Supervise children while interacting with animals

What to do after being in contact with animals

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Immediately wash any scratches or bites from an animal well with soap and water. If you have a wound, see a doctor for medical attention
  • Report any incidents of animal scratches or bites to the Madison County Public Health at 315-366-2526

Rabies can be spread through animal drool or saliva. It does not spread by urine, feces, blood, or touching an animal that has it.

If an animal has rabies and bites you — or licks its claw before it scratches you — then you can be exposed to the rabies virus. Prevention is always the best approach. There is no cure for rabies said Madison County Health.

For more information about rabies, submitting an animal for rabies testing, or to find upcoming rabies vaccination clinics for your pet, visit their website HERE or call 315-366- 2526.

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