There’s been a sharp increase in rabies cases in Columbia County.
Columbia County Department of Health says in the past nine weeks six out of seven raccoons have tested positive for rabies with results for the last test not confirmed yet.
Health Director Ed Coons reminds the public not to handle any wild animal, and if your pet has come into contact with a wild animal you suspect is sick, handle your pet using gloves and follow-up with a thorough hand-washing in case the sick animal has left any saliva on them.
Of course domestic pets should be vaccinated for rabies; the Columbia County Department of Health hosts several free rabies clinics throughout the year.
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