UPPER JAY - The Essex County Department of Health announced Thursday that a raccoon from Upper Jay was found to be rabid.
It is one of numerous animals to be found with the viral infection in Essex County in the past year. Other animals have been confirmed in Wilmington, Jay, Elizabethtown, Westport, Essex, Ticonderoga, Chesterfield and Willsboro.
The discovery of the rabid animals means that residents should avoid contact with stray or wild animals and cats and dogs, according to the health department.
The health department also says that it is essential for pet owners to make sure their pets are up to date with their rabies vaccinations.
The following are recommendations from the health department:
-If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal it must be strictly quarantined for six months.
-Vaccinated animals that come in contact with wild animals must be given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact.
-Owners of domestic farm animals should contact their vets regarding vaccination.
-Residents are also reminded to notify the health department if there is contact with a bat, or a bat is found in a room with a young child or where someone is sleeping.
The health department will submit wild animals and bats for rabies testing if they have had contact with humans or pets or have displayed unusual behavior.
Call the Essex County Public Health Department at 873-3500 to report a contact with an animal or for general questions.