SANDY CREEK – The Oswego County Health Department today (May 10) is warning residents that three adults were attacked by a gray fox in the vicinity of Snyder Road and County Route 15 in the town of Sandy Creek.
One attack occurred Tuesday, May 8, and the others occurred Wednesday evening, May 9.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang cautions people in the area to keep their children and pets inside and to be alert for animals showing symptoms of rabies.
Anyone in the area who sees a gray fox behaving aggressively is advised to call the New York State DEC regional dispatch office at 1-877-457-5680.
Animals with rabies may show changes in behavior such as being unusually tame or aggressive, have varying degrees of paralysis, impaired mobility, excessive drooling or seizures.
Any time a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible.
A bite or scratch on the skin should be thoroughly washed immediately with soap and water.
To report a possible exposure, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 315-341-0086.
The Oswego County Health Department holds clinics across the county to make it convenient for people to have their pets vaccinated for rabies. The next rabies clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 6, at the West Monroe Town Highway Garage, 46 County Route 11.