A rabies outbreak in Jefferson County, New York has many health officials concerned.

In June of 2016 alone there have been five confirmed cases of rabies; two skunks and three raccoons.

Since December of 2015 though, there have been 20 confirmed cases of rabies in Jefferson County, New York.

What has drawn the attention of many health officials is that this rabies outbreak first appeared in the winter months. That is highly unusual.

Rabies Outbreak and Bats

The majority of the animals affected in this rabies outbreak have been skunks and raccoons. That doesn’t mean you should let your guard down though.

The most highly affected animals with rabies are skunks, raccoons, bats, and foxes.

There are two different ways that rabies symptoms can appear. It can appear as furious rabies which causes extreme aggression or it can appear as dumb rabies which causes an animal to appear sick or extremely friendly.

Because of this unusual rabies outbreak, the Unites States Department of Agriculture is expanding it’s rabies surveillance in Jefferson County, New York. As you can see, this is a pretty serious scenario.

Rabies Safety

Rabies outbreak safety

Health officials advise there is a rabies clinic at the Adams Village Barn from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 9 for Jefferson County, New York residents. These happen regularly and is not just because of the rabies outbreak.

If you have a bat colony living in your home or business and you live in Jefferson County, New York, we urge you to get this problem taken care of sooner rather than later.

While a small percentage of bats carry rabies (it is estimated somewhere between one and five percent), they are the most common cause of rabies in humans for various reasons.

Consider these 3 very important points about rabies:

  1. Most health insurance plans do not cover rabies shots.
  2. Rabies shots range in price based on supply and demand but typically range anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 per person for the entire set.
  3. Rabies is still considered 100% fatal.

Don’t risk your health and your life. Bats are great for the environment but shouldn’t live with you.

Call us today so we can get your bat problem under control.

Your local bat removal expert,

Michael Koski

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael Koski

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