Oneida County Health Department Warns Of Rabies In Bats, Cats
The Oneida County Health Department is warning residents of the rabies risk posed by approaching bats and feral cats.
Bobbi Jo Kahl, Rabies Prevention and Treatment Coordinator for the Health Department, says about 1,400 New Yorkers each year undergo Post Exposure Prophylaxis treatments for rabies after being bitten or scratched.
Officials recommend people avoid contact with wild cats and to never leave food outside that will attract animals.
Bats who enter the home must be captured by waiting for them to land, then trapping them using a can or other container.
If you capture a bat, contact the County Health Department.