A rabid raccoon has been identified in the Town of Jay. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in the Jay area this year. Other animals have been confirmed with rabies during the past year in other areas of Essex County.
Essex County Public Health Department reminds all residents to avoid contact with stray or wild animals and cats and dogs that are unknown to you. If a contact happens, please notify Essex County Public Health Department at 873-3500.
It is essential for pet owners to make sure their pets are up to date with their rabies vaccinations. If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal it must be strictly quarantined for six months. Vaccinated animals that come in contact with wild animals must be given a booster rabies vaccination within 5 days of the contact. Owners of domestic farm animals should contact their vets regarding vaccination. Residents are also reminded to notify Essex County Public Health if there is contact with a bat, or a bat is found in a room with a young child or where someone is sleeping.
Essex County Public Health Department will submit wild animals and bats for rabies testing if they have had contact with humans or pets or have displayed unusual behavior. Call the Essex County Public Health Department at 873-3500 to report a contact or if you have any questions.