Press Releases, Pets & Animal
By Long Island News & PR
Published: October 16 2015
The Nassau County SPCA urges all pet owners in the following communities: Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Inwood, Lawrence, Long Beach, Valley Stream, Woodmere and Woodsburgh to keep all dogs and cats indoors or on leashes ...
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Bethpage, NY - October 15, 2015 - The Nassau County SPCA urges all pet owners in the following communities: Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Inwood, Lawrence, Long Beach, Valley Stream, Woodmere and Woodsburgh to keep all dogs and cats indoors or on leashes during the oral bait distribution and for about a week after.
The oral bait distribution has been completed today.
Keep Pets away from bait!!!
The original press release from the Nassau County Department of Health on its rabies baiting program is below.
Nassau County Department of Health Continues Rabies Baiting Program
Raccoon Rabies Vaccine to be distributed by Truck
Mineola, NY - Continuing the effort to eradicate raccoon rabies in Nassau County, Nassau County Department of Health and Cornell University will distribute raccoon rabies vaccine to protect residents from rabies. In response to the finding of several rabid raccoons in Brooklyn, raccoon rabies vaccine will be distributed in several additional communities. The distribution of rabies vaccine is part of a cooperative effort, "Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Program - Metropolitan New York" involving Nassau County Department of Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Cornell University and several other agencies.
What: Rabies bait*, which is attractive to raccoons and includes a vaccine packet, will be distributed in raccoon habitats which include woods, bushes, streambeds, sewers and other areas.
*There is a label that clearly identifies the bait packet: "Rabies Vaccine Live Vaccinia Vector. Do Not Disturb, Merial, Inc Us Vet Lic. No. 298 1.877.722.6725."
When: Truck distribution will be conducted October 13th - October 16th, weather permitting.
Where: The additional areas of baiting will include all or parts of following communities: Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Inwood, Lawrence, Long Beach, Valley Stream, Woodmere and Woodsburgh.
Why: Three terrestrial rabies cases were reported in southern Kings County last year. Rabies virus has been reported during most years in NYC, presenting a threat of eastward advance into Nassau County. Because of the threat to wildlife and domestic animals from terrestrial rabies, action needs to be taken quickly to prevent rabies from becoming endemic here in Nassau County.
How: Raccoons are attracted by the scent of the bait and are immunized when they eat the contents of the vaccine packet.
Recommendations: The New York State and Nassau County Departments of Health recommend:
General Information: Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of raccoons and other mammals, including humans. The disease is essentially always fatal once clinical signs of infection occur. Vaccination will greatly decrease the chance of human and domestic animal contact with rabid raccoons. Rabies is transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal. However, the virus may also be transmitted when the saliva of a rabid animal comes into contact with cut, open, or scratched skin lesions.
For additional information regarding rabies and baiting, call the Nassau County Department of Health at (516) 227-9663 weekdays from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM or visit the department website or the New York State Department of Health website.
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