Two Herkimer County residents are being treated after they were bitten recently by a gray fox that tested positive for rabies, according to county Public Health officials.
The fox was found in the town of Frankfort and was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory, where it was confirmed to be infected.
Herkimer County residents are advised to consider all wild animals to be potentially rabid, and any bite by an animal should be reported to Public Health.
An exposure to the rabies virus can be lethal to people and pets, so officials advise it is important to have pets and domesticated animals inoculated and kept up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Check with your animal’s veterinarian to ensure your pet’s vaccines are current. An unvaccinated animal exposed to a positive rabid animal will require a six-month quarantine, officials said.
Rabies clinics will resume in March.
If you have any questions, call Herkimer County Public Health at 867-1176 or go online to www.cdc.gov/rabies.