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Bridgewater, NY - A raccoon in Bridgewater Onedia County recently tested positive for the rabies virus September 27 after lacerating a man in Bridgewater, NY.

When the raccoon got into a fight with a small dog the day before, the owner intervened and sustained a laceration in the process. The owner of the dog is currently receiving rabies post-exposure treatment and experts are working to see if the dog has been updated with its rabies vaccinations. Public Health encourages everyone to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets or livestock from this virus. People are reminded to report any suspicious acting or sick wildlife, vaccinate their pets and livestock, and to report all animal bites and bat contact with the Health Department in your county. If a pet that is not vaccinated comes into contact with an animal suspected of carrying the virus, the pet must be quarantined for six months. Also, stay away from any unknown or suspicious acting animals, including stray cats and dogs. People are encouraged to contact a professional to handle the matter instead. 

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