Skip to content
Home » News » Cayuga County Health Department has trouble contacting person after rabies exposure

Cayuga County Health Department has trouble contacting person after rabies exposure

The Cayuga County Health Department is asking the public to be alert if they encounter an animal that might have rabies.

After 2+ years of health officials at varying levels providing outreach and attempting to contact members of the public over COVID-19 exposures- more people are likely to ignore a call.

In Cayuga County, health officials said they had trouble connecting with residents after a potential rabies exposure.


The Citizen reported the communication gap, which came to light at a recent Cayuga County Board of Health meeting.

A person was bitten by a raccoon that health officials said was ‘very clearly rabid’. When the health department reached out to that person to establish post-rabies exposure treatments, it was a challenge.

Officials said they eventually made contact, and the person received treatment. But the challenge connecting with residents isn’t an uncommon thing.

If symptoms develop in humans rabies is nearly 100% fatal.

Small animals like fox and raccoons are most common to find with rabies in Upstate New York. Bats also fit into this category.

The bottom line: If you encounter a wild animal that bites you – contact your doctor and local health officials to follow-up appropriately.



Top