A rabid cow found in the town of Stark prompted Herkimer County officials to issue a reminder about the importance of rabies vaccines.
The cow was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory, where it was confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus, the county Health Department said.
The Health Department said it is important for pets and domesticated animals to be kept current on vaccines; any unvaccinated animal exposed to a rabid animal requires a six-month quarantine, a news release stated.
Additionally, all wild animals should be considered potentially rabid and should be avoided, the release stated.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov/rabies or call the Herkimer County Public Health Department at 867-1176.