Home Healthcare Rabies alert in Putnam County with high number of potential cases

Rabies alert in Putnam County with high number of potential cases

Rabies alert in Putnam County with high number of potential cases

CARMEL The Putnam County Health Department is encouraging locals to vaccinate their dogs against the lethal virus that causes rabies.

According to Marianne Burdick, an assistant public health sanitarian who oversees the county’s rabies management program, any mammal can contract rabies, albeit certain species are more susceptible than others. When an inquiry concludes that a person or domestic animal may have been exposed to rabies, animals are sent for testing.

The county investigated 77 possible rabies exposures, provided three treatments for potential rabies exposures, sent 10 samples for rabies testing, and looked into three positive rabies results in a bat, skunk, and cat during the first ten weeks of 2024, according to Shanna Siegel, the supervising public health educator.

According to Siegel, the health department examined 334 possible rabies exposures last year. It also offered 25 treatments for potential rabies exposures, sent 72 samples for rabies testing, and discovered one woodchuck with a positive rabies result.

The Putnam Veterans Memorial Park recently hosted a rabies vaccination clinic. In all, 219 dogs, 103 cats, and 12 ferrets received rabies vaccinations at the county’s three clinics last year.

According to Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, animal saliva is the means by which rabies is transmitted. According to him, the death rate from rabies is almost 100% once clinical symptoms manifest.

Putnam’s program to prevent rabies is active year-round, twenty-four hours a day.

In order to guarantee a timely evaluation, anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a domestic animal or wild animal should contact the Putnam Health Department at 845-808-1390. Calls made on the weekends or after hours can also be placed at 845-808-1390, extension 3. We’ll have a department representative call you back.


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