Utica, NY - The Oneida County Health Department is reporting its second confirmed case of animal rabies this year.

Both cases involve the mid-Atlantic raccoon epizootic strain of rabies which is widespread throughout the County.

Officials are warning that this year's mild temperatures and lack of snow are causing the disease to be more widespread. Folks are reminded to avoid contact with stray animals and to get their own pets vaccinated.

For more information, and to learn about rabies clinics in your area, please contact the Oneida County Health Department at (315) 798.5064 or log onto their website at www.ocgov.net/oneida/health.  The next series of rabies clinics will be held at the Trenton Municipal Center located at 8520 Old Poland Road in the Town of Trenton on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.