MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – A second gray fox in Chautauqua County has tested positive for rabies, health officials say.
The initial incident led to two individuals being bitten by a rabid gray fox in the Bemus Point area near Route 430.
Now a second fox in the same area has been tested positive for the disease.
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 a rabid animal and have not seen a medical provider, the county urges you to call the health department at (716) 753-4783.