JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two raccoons in Jefferson County have tested positive for rabies.
The county Public Health Service said one raccoon was located in Adams Center. There were no human exposures reported. One dog was exposed, but it was up-to-date with its rabies vaccination and received a booster.
The second rabid raccoon was found in Mannsville. Again, there were no human exposures reported and an exposed dog was up-to-date with its rabies shots and received a booster.
Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It can take several weeks to several months for rabies symptoms to appear. Early treatment after an exposure can prevent rabies in humans and in pets who are up to date on vaccination.
Any mammal can get rabies, but it is most often seen in bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.
Animals do not have to be aggressive or behave erratically to have rabies. Changes in any animal’s normal behavior can be early signs of rabies.