Rabies - Rochester, NY area
If you believe you have been exposed to a rabid animal, call your doctor. If you observe an aggressive or menacing animal, call 911.
Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to your county health authority. Don’t let any animal escape that has possibly exposed someone to rabies. Depending on the species, it can be observed or tested for rabies in order to avoid the need for rabies treatment. This includes bats with skin contact or found in a room with a sleeping person, unattended child, or someone with mental impairment. Bats have small, sharp teeth and in certain circumstances people can be bitten and not know it. --NYS Health Dept.
June is Rabies Awareness Month State Health Commissioner Urges New Yorkers: Take Precautions Against Rabies Exposure ALBANY, N.Y. (June 26, 2009) -- Governor David A. Paterson has proclaimed June as Rabies Awareness Month in New York State to remind all New Yorkers to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against rabies exposure from stray and wild animals. "Prevention of rabies continues to be an important public health concern in New York State," said New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Now that summer is here, wild animals become more active, so the possibility of human contact with these animals increases. Although our natural instinct may be to befriend an injured or baby animal or to pet one that seems friendly, any contact with stray and wild animals should be avoided." --from New York State Department of Health
* Immediately contact your local health department for advice on what to do. Go here for online telephone numbers for Rabies Response Helplines for your county.
Rabies Newslinks for the Rochester, NY area
Follow the incidences and warning of Rabies in our area over the years.
- Watertown Daily Times | Rabies is throughout Northern New York Counties across Northern New York have reported cases of rabies this summer, but that does not necessarily mean a large increase of the disease. St. Lawrence County has had two rabies cases, both in raccoons. Jefferson County has had three, also all in raccoons. In Lewis County, rabies has been confirmed in one skunk and one raccoon. (July 3, 2012) Watertown Daily Times | Local News, Sports, Features, and Community Information for Jefferson County, St. Lawrence County, and Lewis County in Northern New York. [more on Rabies in our area]
- Free rabies shots set at Webster fire hall | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com The Monroe County Health Department is offering free rabies clinics for dogs and cats owned by county residents, and the town will be hosting one. The clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the West Webster Fire Hall, 1051 Gravel Road (September 16, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Rabies in our area]
- Ogden offering free rabies clinic | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com The Brockport Animal Hospital and the Monroe County Department of Health are hosting a free rabies clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Spencerport Fire Station 3, 2588 S. Union St. (July 1, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Rabies in our area]
- Following Capital Region Rabies Case, State Health Commissioner Offers Steps to Prevent Rabies June is Rabies Awareness Month ALBANY, N.Y. (June 24, 2011) – Following a case of rabies in a kitten confirmed in Rensselaer County, New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. today encouraged all New Yorkers to take precautions against rabies exposure from wild and stray animals and to assure that pets are vaccinated against this potentially lethal disease. "Rabies is a preventable disease that can spread from infected wild animals and pets to humans," said Commissioner Shah. "Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pet dogs, cats and ferrets and avoiding contact with all wild and stray animals." (June 24, 2011) New York State Department of Health [more on Rabies in our area]
- Rabies clinic set for dogs, cats in Penfield | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com The town is hosting its annual free rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4, at the sewer operations center in the public works complex, 1607 Jackson Road. (May 27, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Rabies in our area]
- Free rabies clinic for pets living in Greece | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com The town of Greece is holding a free rabies clinic from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Greece Highway Department, 647 Long Pond Road. Vaccinations will be offered for dogs, cats and ferrets. (May 19, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Rabies in our area]
- Free rabies clinic available for cats, dogs in East Rochester | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com Sponsored by the Monroe County Health Department, the village will offer a free rabies clinic for cats and dogs from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 9. (May 5, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Rabies in our area]
- Rabid cats found in Dutchess, Westchester POUGHKEEPSIE – Two rabid cats have been found on the east side of the Hudson River and in each case, the animal died. The Westchester County Department of Health issued a rabies warning to residents who may have had contact with a rabid cat in the vicinity of Bretton Road between Dover lane and Odell Avenue in the Homefield section of the Yonkers prior to Monday, April 4. The cat was white with patches of gray stripes and was taken to an animal hospital for treatment on Friday because it was staggering and had collapsed. It died at the hospital and test results confirmed Monday that it was rabid. (April 15, 2011) New York State News on the Net! [more on Rabies in our area]
- Fast treatment urged with rabies | Rabies, as it turns out, is not really treatable. Preventable after a bite, yes. Curable once symptoms develop, no. “There have been a few cases worldwide in the history of the century that sort of survived ��” but not very well,” said Dr. Jane McCaffrey, a pediatrician with Finger Lakes Medical Associates. (November14, 2010) Finger Lakes Times Online - Front [more on Rabies in our area]
- Gorham fox tests positive for rabies GORHAM — Testing has confirmed a fox that attacked several people in this Ontario County hamlet several days ago was rabid. Mary Beer, director of the county’s Public Health Department, said a test for rabies on the gray fox came back positive Wednesday. The fox was killed by county deputies after attacking two people Monday afternoon. (November 11, 2010) Finger Lakes Times Online - Front [more on Rabies in this area]
- Fox attacks three Gorham women and a dog in Ontario County - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Gorham, N.Y. — A grey fox, suspected of having rabies, has attacked several people and at least one dog in an Ontario County community. The fox attacked three women in the South Street area of Gorham in the past 24 hours. One of the attacks was reported on Sunday, and the other two were reported Monday. Two of the three women were treated at Thompson Hospital and received rabies shots. (November 9, 2010) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Rabies in our area]
- Vicious fox in Gorham may have been rabid | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle The Ontario County Sheriff's Office and Humane Society are warning Gorham residents to seek medical attention or to contact their veterinarian if they or their pets had contact with a gray fox in the last few days. The fox, which was captured Monday and destroyed, is suspected of being rabid. It attacked three people and at least one dog on South Street in Gorham on Sunday and Monday. (November 9, 2010) Democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York [more on Rabies in our area]
- Pets can get free rabies shots at Webster clinic | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle A free rabies clinic will be held at the West Webster Fire Hall, 1051 Gravel Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. (October 2, 2010) Democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York [more on Rabies in our area]
- State Health Commissioner Urges New Yorkers to Prevent Rabies by Avoiding Contact with Stray or Wild Animals June is Rabies Awareness Month ALBANY, N.Y. (June 25, 2010) - Governor David A. Paterson has declared June Rabies Awareness Month in New York State to remind New Yorkers that the risk for human contact with potentially rabid wildlife increases during the warmer months. "In warmer weather, wild animals become more active and the possibility of human contact increases," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Although we may want to befriend or pet a baby animal or rescue an injured one, New Yorkers should avoid contact with wild and stray animals to prevent getting bitten and possibly contracting rabies." (June 25, 2010) New York State Department of Health [more on Rabies in oura area]
- Monroe County Residents Cautioned About Rabies Risk - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events - 13WHAM.com Rochester, NY - The Department of Health reminds people that there are precautions they can take to reduce the likelihood of exposure to rabies. (June 2, 2010) [more on Rabies in our area]
- Health officials warn of rabies - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Rochester, N.Y. — Monroe County health officials are reminding residents to be cautious of rabid animals and to take precautions to avoid exposure. Officials are urging residents to check their homes for points of access for rodents such as bats and other small animals. (June 03, 2010) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Rabies in our area]
- June is Rabies Awareness Month June is Rabies Awareness Month State Health Commissioner Urges New Yorkers: Take Precautions Against Rabies Exposure ALBANY, N.Y. (June 26, 2009) -- Governor David A. Paterson has proclaimed June as Rabies Awareness Month in New York State to remind all New Yorkers to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against rabies exposure from stray and wild animals. New York State Department of Health (June 6, 09)
- Rabies clinic scheduled - 3/13/09 CLYDE - The Lyons Vet Clinic and Wayne County Public Health Service invite the public to a rabies clinic for pets 1 to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Galen Highway Department on Ford Street in Clyde New York state law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets over the age of 4 months be vaccinated against rabies. (March 14, 09) News Index - Digital Edition Courier-Gazette, Newark NY 14513
- Rabies clinic at West Webster Fire Station | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle A free rabies clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the West Webster Fire Station, 1051 Gravel Road.(Oct. 4, 08) democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York
- Case of Possible Bat Rabies Exposure Highlights Need for Greater Public Awareness Tompkins County Seeks Individual for Post-Exposure Treatment After Bat Tests Positive for Rabies ALBANY, NY (Aug 28, 2008) – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today urged all New Yorkers to know how to prevent rabies exposure and respond in the event of a possible rabies exposure following a search this week for a man who handled a bat that later tested positive for rabies. Testing conducted at the State Health (Aug 28, 08) New York State Department of Health
- Possible bat rabies exposure highlights need for greater public awareness ALBANY – State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines, Thursday urged all New Yorkers to know how to prevent rabies exposure and respond in the event of a possible rabies exposure following a search this week for a man who handled a bat that later tested positive for rabies. (Aug. 29, New York State News on the Net!
- Rabies Back in Monroe County - Monroe County Health Officials have confirmed four cases of rabies in the Rochester area this year. Several Pittsford children may have recently been exposed to the disease after bringing home a rabid baby raccoon they found on a golf course in Perinton. A Churchville woman may have also been exposed after fishing a rabid bat out of a pool then trying to nurse it back to health. (July 17, 08) R News: As It Happens, Where It Happens
- Monroe County Health Department Warns of Rabies Risk ROCHESTER, NY (2008-07-17) The Monroe County Health Department is warning people against taking in wild animals after several people were exposed to rabies. WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
- Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner Demonstrates how to Catch a Bat ALBANY, N.Y. (June 17, 2008) – On Thursday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the state rabies laboratory in Guilderland, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., and rabies experts will demonstrate how to safely catch a bat found in a home. The demonstration will highlight the importance of capturing a bat that may have come in contact with people or pets. A captured bat can be tested for rabies at the laboratory and people can avoid unnecessary rabies treatment if the bat tests negative for rabies. Many New Yorkers are unsure what to do if they discover a bat in their home. As a result, each year more than 1,400 New Yorkers undergo rabies treatment because the bat they were exposed to was NOT caught and submitted for testing. (July 17, 08) New York State Department of Health
- Health department: Parma dog has rabies - Rochester, NY - MPNnow Monroe County health officials were informed yesterday that a dog from Parma that fought with a rabid raccoon in late April has tested positive for rabies. A total of two dogs were quarantined after coming in contact with the rabid raccoon, and were being monitored by health officials. Last Tuesday, one of the dogs began to show neurological symptoms of rabies, and was euthanized by a veterinarian and tested for rabies by the New York State Health Department. (June 14, 08) - Rochester, NY - MPNnow
- Two Parma residents receive shots for possible rabies exposure | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle Two Parma residents are receiving treatment for possible rabies exposure after a raccoon tested positive for the disease, the first such case in Monroe County this year, public health officials said Friday. (April 26, 08) democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York
- CDC to Recognize the First World Rabies Day! - WORLD RABIES DAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2007 Working together to make rabies history! Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- State Health Commissioner Urges Rabies Prevention: Observes September 8 as 'World Rabies Day' Albany, N.Y. The New York State Health Department today joined public health leaders worldwide in an effort to eliminate the fatal disease of rabies by observing September 8 as World Rabies Day. "Rabies is a viral disease that leads to a brain infection and death in almost all cases," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "While New York has not seen a human rabies case since 2000, more than 3,000 individuals received treatment for exposure to rabies last year." There were 612 reports of rabid animals in New York last year. (Sept. 7, 2007) - New York State Department of Health
- Press Advisory: State Health Commissioner Participates in Annual Effort to Fight Raccoon Rabies Albany, N.Y. (Aug 17, 2007) - New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will participate in the annual state rabies bait drop on Monday, August 20 over northeastern New York from a state helicopter to fight the northward spread of raccoon rabies in New York and Canada. This year's annual rabies bait drop mission is targeting eastern Essex and Clinton counties to reduce the chance of human and domestic animal contact with rabid raccoons. Rabies is a fatal disease. (August 18, 07) --New York State Department of Health
- State Health Department Issues Precaution for New Yorkers to Help Avoid Potential Exposure to Rabies from Wildlife To help protect New Yorkers from the potential exposure to rabies from wildlife, the State Health Department today reminded the public to avoid handling wild animals. The practice of picking up wild animals, particularly offspring, because of their cute and cuddly appearance, often requires unnecessary rabies post exposure treatment for people. Individuals who touch wild animals may have to undergo a month-long series of rabies shots if they are bitten, scratched or had contact with the saliva or nervous tissue of a potentially infected animal, unless it can be euthanized and tested to rule out rabies. Rabies is a fatal disease unless post exposure treatment is given before symptoms occur. (May 31, 2006) - New York State Department of Health
- State Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Take Precautions to Protect Themselves, Pets from Rabies ALBANY, May 13, 2005 – State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today reminded New Yorkers to take precautions against rabies by avoiding contact with any wild animals and vaccinating their pets. As part of the State's public awareness efforts, Governor Pataki has proclaimed May as 'Rabies Awareness Month' in New York State. Dr. Novello said "It is important to note that no humans have been confirmed with rabies in New York State over the past five years. However, rabies is a public health issue that we continue to combat in coordination with communities statewide to help better educate New Yorkers about the disease and the precautions they should take to avoid being exposed to rabid animals." New York State Department of Health
- Rabid Animals Show Up In Neighborhoods Rochester, NY - (09/03/03) - Sources at the Monroe County Health Department said the fox that bit a 5-year-old girl Tuesday tested positive for rabies. (September 4, 2003) WOKR-TV 13 || ROCHESTER
- Democrat & Chronicle: Officials issue bat warning — Health officials are issuing a warning that people should not handle bats, after 24 people in Monroe County had to receive rabies-prevention shots. The people either found bats in their homes or disposed of dead bats near their property without first calling the Monroe County Health Department, officials said Friday. (August 9, 2003) Democrat and Chronicle
- Democrat & Chronicle: Bear that killed baby not rabid FALLSBURG — A bear killed a 5-month-old girl Monday, knocking her out of a stroller and carrying her into nearby woods, police said. Ward Stone, state chief wildlife pathologist, said he could not remember a black bear killing a human. (August 20, 2002) Democrat and Chronicle
- Democrat & Chronicle: Rabid fox suspected in Irondequoit — Irondequoit Animal Control is on the lookout for a potentially rabid fox that attacked at least three people near Titus Avenue Extension over the weekend. Animal Control Supervisor Dick Keppler said a 10-year-old girl was chased Saturday morning by the fox, and a man doing yard work Saturday afternoon felt a tug at his heel and looked down to see a fox biting his shoe. (June 20, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com
- Possible Rabid Fox In Irondequoit Irondequoit, NY - Irondequoit police and animal control are searching for a fox that may be rabid. Four people came into contact with the animal, and two were bitten by it. The fox was first sighted on Shore Road near the Titus Avenue extension by the Irondequoit Bay on Saturday, when it chased a young girl into her home. Later that evening, a man gardening was bitten in the heel of his boot; the bite didn't break the skin. (June 20, 2002) WOKR13.TV
- Democrat & Chronicle: Rabid bat causes alert in Ontario County middle school June 7, 2002) — GORHAM -- Ontario County health and school officials have alerted parents that some students at Marcus Whitman Middle School were exposed to rabies when a seventh-grader unknowingly brought a dead bat infected with the disease to school on Monday. (June 7, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com
- Boy Brings Bat With Rabies To School Gorham, NY - A seventh grader from Ontario County thought it would be ''neat'' to bring a dead bat to school to show his friends. What he didn't know was that the bat had rabies, and that that has caused much concern at Marcus Whitman Middle School. (June 7, 2002) WOKR13.TV
- Democrat & Chronicle: Rabid raccoons put county on alert — Monroe County officials are concerned after four rabid raccoons were found here in recent months. "There seems to be extra reason to be sure you have your pets immunized," said John Ricci, senior public health educator for Monroe County. (May 21, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com
- Democrat & Chronicle: Hooray, we're No. 2! NY loses rabies title — ALBANY -- After leading the nation in rabies cases for nearly 10 years, New York state fell to second place last year with 821 confirmed cases. Texas, where rabies is now rampant among skunks, claimed first place last year with more than a thousand cases of the disease. New York has dealt with a rabies epidemic since 1990, when large numbers of raccoons across the Northeast began contracting the disease. At the height of the epidemic in 1993, the state had more than 27-hundred cases. (April 15, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com
residents alerted to rabies' protection
As warmer weather approaches,
animal control officers issue some do's and don'ts.
A Greece man's recent exposure to rabies serves as a reminder to town residents that they need to be careful around wild animals, according to Pete Braggins, Greece animal control officer. (April 11, 2002) Greece Post
- County Warns of Rabid Animals PDF Link: Rabies attacks Fox Cat Bats 2001.pdf --(Wednesday, August 15, 2001) --from Jack Doyle, Monroe County Executive
- Rabies infections cause concern -- Monroe County health officials are asking residents to stay clear of any stray or wild animals after several people and two cats were attacked by a rabid fox last week. The fox was killed and tested after it bit two people and confronted two others, exposing them to its saliva. (Wednesday, August 15, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Rabid Animals Spotted In Perinton And Greece Rochester, NY - The Monroe County Health Department is warning people to be cautious of animals with rabies. The Health Department says a rabid fox viciously attacked several people in Perinton, and two stray cats were found with rabies--one in Perinton and one in Greece; both incidents occurred last week. (Tuesday, August 14, 2001) iKnowRochester.com
- 6 treated for rabies in Newark NEWARK (Friday, May 11, 2001) -- Three children and three adults are undergoing rabies treatments following two separate fox attacks in this Wayne County village. (Friday, May 11, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Raccoon That Bit Pittsford Woman Was Rabid Pittsford, NY - A raccoon that bit a Pittsford woman outside her home last weekend tested positive for rabies. The raccoon bit the woman through a boot Sunday on Sutherland Street. The bite was not severe. The Health Department said they have treated everyone they believe was in contact with the raccoon. Health Department regulations required the animal to be destroyed. (January 26, 2001) RochesterToday
- Air War Against Rabies Officials are trying to vaccinate wild raccoons. (November 7, 2000) WROCTV
- Rabid Fox In Pittsford There is another warning about the dangers of wild animals. (August 9, 2000) RochesterToday
- Bat Control May Backfire--Rabies.com
- The Epidemiology Of Bat Rabies In The USA
- Why bats you ask?
- Catch the bat, or suffer the painful consequences--The Times Herald Record Online
Check out information on the prevention for rabies in our area
- Environmental Health | Public Health Rabies and Animal Bites Phone: 585 753-5864 Responds to reported animal bites and potential exposures, including consultation with medical personnel for follow up on post-exposure medical treatment when necessary. Submits suspected animal specimens to the New York State Laboratory in Albany for rabies analysis. Monitors 10-day confinement and 6-month quarantine of domestic animals involved in human contact or contact with potentially rabid animals. Conducts FREE RABIES IMMUNIZATION CLINICS for dogs and cats owned by Monroe County residents (see LINK below). Immunization records are maintained for animals receiving immunizations at clinics. --from MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
- Rabies (hydrophobia) Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It can be transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. Fortunately, only a few human cases are reported each year in the United States. -from New York State Department of Health
- Home | CDC Rabies Working together to make rabies history! --from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Batcon.org Bats Conservation International-- The mission of Bat Conservation International is to protect and restore bats and their habitats worldwide. Probably the most comprehensive resource for bat information on the Internet.
- Rabies.com--Dedicated as a resource to help clinicians prevent and treat rabies in the United States of America, to provide clinicians with the resources to help people understand rabies and its prevention, and to increase rabies awareness.