Onondaga County Interim Health Commissioner, Michelle Mignano, announced today that the New York State Health Department laboratory has reported that a raccoon found in the Rt. 11A area of Nedrow has tested positive for rabies. 

In addition, two bats have tested positive for rabies, one in the Town of Lafayette and the other in the Town of Manlius.  So far this season, the total number of animals testing positive for rabies is ten.

Ms. Mignano reinforced, “We are seeing high numbers of animals testing positive for rabies this season, further emphasizing the need to remain vigilant and to never touch or feed wildlife because they may be rabid.

Rabies is preventable by avoiding close contact to wildlife and domestic pets that you are unfamiliar with.” 

The Onondaga County Health Department’s Animal Disease Program reminds residents that if you find a bat in your house, it is recommended that you trap the bat and have tested.