Rabies Prevention & Control
The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health has declared a "rabies alert" for Chemung County due to the presence of rabies in wildlife. As such, we are required to post an annual Rabies Alert Notice. To download a copy of the Chemung County Rabies Alert Notice, click here.
The Chemung County Health Department sponsors free rabies clinics at least every 4 months in various locations in the County.
Two free rabies clinics have been scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014 (Horseheads) and Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (Erin). Click HERE for more information. We expect more clinics to be scheduled for September and beyond, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. If you would like to receive a call when the next clinic is scheduled, please call us at 737-2019 and ask to be put on the "call list".
If you need to obtain a free rabies shot for your pet and can't wait until the next Chemung County clinic, you can check the Steuben County Rabies Clinic Schedule by clicking HERE.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has developed a few documents related to rabies. The first is a Rabies Fact Sheet which has important facts about rabies. The second is Nuisance Wildlife Fact Sheet with information related to wildlife and how you can avoid a possible exposure to rabies.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RABIES AND ANIMAL BITES/EXPOSURES
Question: If my dog, cat or ferret bites or scratches someone, do I need to report it to anyone?
Question: What will happen to my dog, cat, or ferret after it has bitten or scratched someone?
Question: Does my dog, cat, or ferret need to have rabies shots?
Question: What are the consequences if my dog, cat, or ferret is not vaccinated for rabies?
Question: What if I can't afford to get my dog, cat, or ferret vaccinated for rabies?
We have created a special page that addresses issues specific to bats and rabies. To go the the Bat Rabies page, click HERE.
FERAL CAT STATEMENT
To learn about the position that the County Health Department has taken with regard to the feral cat population in Chemung County, click HERE.
Rabies shots are costly and painful. However, rabies shots can be avoided. If the animal with which you had contact is able to be tested, we might be able to confirm that the animal was NOT rabid, and then rabies shots will not be necessary. If you are not able to capture the rabies-suspect animal, there are licensed, trained individuals that may be able to assist you for a fee. Below is a list of Licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Officers:
For situations where you find wildlife that is endangered or injured and there has not been any human exposure to the animal, Wildlife Rehabilitators can be called upon to rescue the animal. For a listing of the currently licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators, click on the link below:
We have created a special webpage with information that will be helpful to healthcare providers as they are confronted with patients seeking care for potential rabies exposures. To go to the webpage with info for Healthcare Providers, click HERE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION.......
The federal Centers for Disease Control has a website with very helpful information relative to rabies. To go the the CDC website click HERE.