A local man coming to the aid of an injured cat was bitten by the animal, which tested positive for rabies.

Oneida County Health Department officials say never approach sick or injured animals.

Officials are also reminding residents to make sure their pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

The next in the health department's 2014 series of rabies clinics will be held on Monday, April 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Camden Firehouse.

The incident marks the first confirmed case of rabies in Oneida County this year.