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Officials encourage pets to be vaccinated after second fox attack in region

An Oswego County man is receiving post-rabies exposure treatment after being attacked by a fox over the weekend, according to the Oswego County Health Department.

The fox was captured and is also being tested for rabies.

Rabies activity is reportedly high in Oswego County and surrounding counties, prompting officials to remind pet owners to get their pets vaccinated for rabies and stay up to date with follow-up vaccinations.

Dogs and cats require a second vaccination within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.

“Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife, and seeking medical care after potential exposures before symptoms start,” said Judy Grandy, Director of Environmental Health for the Oswego County Health Department, in a press release.

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