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Posted on: July 7, 2023

Livingston County Department of Health Reports Positive Case of Rabies in Town of Springwater


GENESEO, N.Y., July 7, 2023 – Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez has announced that a New York State Health Department laboratory has confirmed that a woodchuck in the Town of Springwater tested positive for rabies on July 7, 2023. A person and their dog had contact with the rabid woodchuck. The Livingston County Department of Health is in contact with the individual for guidance on rabies treatment. 

 Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the central nervous system in mammals.  It is most often found in raccoons, skunks and bats in Livingston County.  All mammals, including unvaccinated dogs, cats and farm animals are at risk for getting rabies.  There is no way to tell if an animal is rabid just by looking at it. Wild or feral animals should always be avoided.  Signs of rabies in wildlife can include:

  • inability to walk 
  • appearance of “drunkenness”
  • unwillingness to drink water or eat 
  • drooling 
  • aggressive behavior
  • any significant change in temperament

 All potential rabies exposures should be reported to the Livingston County Department of Health. 

 Below are important steps to prevent rabies.

  • Stay away from unfamiliar animals, either wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Thoroughly wash any wound from an animal with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Avoid wild and feral animals, especially if the animal is showing any sign of rabies.
  • Be a responsible pet owner by keeping your pet’s vaccinations current.  Getting your pet vaccinated can help stop the spread of rabies from wild animals to humans.  

 New York State Law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccinations beginning at four months of age. An unvaccinated pet that comes into contact with a rabid animal must be kept in strict confinement for six months or be euthanized. Free rabies clinics are offered for dogs, cats and ferrets every year in Livingston County.  

 It is important to be aware of the facts and use caution to protect both your family and your pets.  If you have any questions or would like further information on rabies or rabies vaccination clinics, please visit the Livingston County Department of Health’s website or call (585) 243-7280.

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 About Livingston County:

Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region. 

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