Raccoon infected with rabies found in Sharon
SHARON, N.Y. ( NEWS10 ) — Schoharie County health officials are warning the public that a raccoon found in Sharon has tested positive for rabies. Officials said the animal was found in the area of Stagecoach Road.Get the latest news, weather, sports and community events delivered right to your inbox!
The raccoon was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory for testing. Positive test results were handed back to the health department on Tuesday, November 29.
Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a groundhog, cat, fox, raccoon, or bat. It can also be spread through an infected animal’s saliva.NYSDOH hosting 7th annual Ending the Epidemic Summit
If left untreated, rabies has a near 100% fatality rate in mammals, including humans. Health officials are asking anyone who had contact with the infected raccoon to call the Schoharie County Department of Health at (518) 295-8365 .Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.