Rabies In Chautauqua County

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Health Department has confirmed that a rabid animal was spotted in the county earlier this month. 

On Friday, June 9th multiple individuals claimed to have been bitten by a gray fox in the Bemus Point area. A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officer killed the fox, sending it in for testing where the results confirmed it was a carrier of rabies.

The county is following up with the individuals that sustained bites from the diseased animal to make sure they are receiving proper medical attention. 

Animals infected with the rabies virus will have varied reactions, some may become aggressive while others become docile. It is important to notify the health department if you suspect an animal or yourself may have come in contact with the virus. Rabies is almost always fatal when left untreated. 

In accordance with New York State law, all dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies starting at four months of age, and will require regular booster shots after. 

If you believe you were in contact with the rabid gray fox and have not seen a medical provider, the county urges you to call the health department at (716) 753-4783.

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