JAY — A rabid raccoon was found in the Town of Jay.
While other animals with rabies have been identified elsewhere in Essex County this year, this is the first confirmed case in the Jay area, according to the Essex County Public Health Department.
Avoid contact with stray or wild animals and cats and dogs that you don't know, that agency says. Also, the release said, people must make sure their pets have been vaccinated against rabies. If an unvaccinated pet meets up with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, it must be strictly quarantined for six months, Public Health said. Those that have up-to-date vaccinations must be given a booster shot within five days of contact.
Those who own farm animals should call their vets about vaccination, and residents are also reminded to notify Public Health if there is contact with a bat or a bat is found in a room with a young child or where someone is sleeping.
Call 873-3500 to report a contact or for more information.