Oneida County (WSYR-TV) -- A skunk has tested positive for rabies in the town of Vernon. This is the sixth confirmed case of rabies in Oneida County this year, according to health officials.
Health officials say that while there was no human contact with the skunk, several domestic animals were possibly exposed to the virus. Animals that were not vaccinated and may have come in contact with the skunk will be quarantined.
Pet owners are reminded to have their cats, dogs, ferrets, and any other domestic pet vaccinated against rabies.
The Oneida County Health Department sponsors low-cost rabies clinics each month throughout the year. The next clinic will be held on Thursday, August 23 at the Annsville Highway Garage from 5 to 7 p.m. Health officials ask that pets be leashed or in a pet carrier.
In addition, a $10 donation is requested and pet owners are asked to bring their pet’s vaccination history with them to the clinic.
For additional information on rabies treatment and prevention, visit ocgov.net/oneida/health
or call 798-5064.