Niagara County warns of its first rabies case of the year

Stock photo of a raccoon.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — After two pet dogs tussled with a raccoon, killing it on 74th Street in Niagara Falls, health officials say they’ve identified their first rabies case of the year.

Officers say the killed raccoon tested positive for rabies, and it’s the first case of rabies in the county in 2016. Officials say this is an opportune time to remind pet owners that animals are kept up-to-date on vaccinations, and pets that are too young to be vaccinated are kept indoors.

If a pet does come into contact with a rabid animal, health officials say that pet will need a booster dose of rabies vaccine within five days of being exposed.

There are means to prevent exposures, however. Officials say avoid keeping pets as outdoor pets, but also preach cleanliness. If garbage totes are stored properly and bird seed isn’t left out, wild animals will likely search elsewhere for food.

To report an exposure to the Niagara County Department of Health, call (716) 439-7444 or (716) 439-7430.

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