ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department has confirmed that a rabid fox was recently found on North Sunset Drive in the Village of Cayuga Heights.

The fox was located April 19 and confirmed to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory on April 22.

The health department said the fox was the fifth confirmed rabid animal in Tompkins County so far this year. Anyone who has questions or thinks they or their pet may have come into contact with the fox or any other wild animal is asked to contact the health department at 607-274-6688.

The health department reminds local residents to avoid contact with unfamiliar animals and report any of the following incidents to the health department:

  • All animal bites or scratches.
  • Any human or pet contact with saliva or other potentially infectious material (brain tissue, spinal tissue, or cerebro-spinal fluid) of wild animals or any animal suspected of having rabies.
  • All bat bites, scratches, or any mere skin contact with a bat, or a bat in a room with a child, or sleeping or impaired person.

Anyone with cats, dogs or ferrets are also reminded to keep vaccinations current. The Tompkins County Health Department has several free rabies clinics coming up in May. Learn more here.

Kelsey O'Connor

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