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Health Official Urges Precautions Against Rabies

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – A fox that attacked an elderly couple in the Southern Tier tested positive for rabies last week. Health officials said it is the time of year to take some extra precautions against the deadly disease.

The case in Chautauqua County brings the total there to four already this year. In Erie County two bats and two raccoons have also tested positive for rabies.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony Billittier said that is not necessarily alarming or surprising.

But Billittier said people do run the risk of exposure more during the warm months - both outside and inside the house.

He said bats are a particular concern. And he says people might not even know it.

And he said pets, of course, are also in potential danger. Billittier said all domestic animals should be vaccinated.

The county offers free rabies clinics throughout the summer at various locations for anyone who wants to get their pets vaccinated. The next clinic is being held on Wednesday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Amherst Highway Garage on North Forest Road.

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