First rabies case of 2014 confirmed in Madison County

— Unvaccinated livestock with known contact with a rabid animal must be euthanized unless quarantined for a period of six months. Quarantine on a farm for livestock means isolation from other farm animals and pets and all humans except for the person caring for the animal. New York State Agriculture and Markets veterinarians should be consulted for on-site advice on setting up quarantines.

The transfer of rabies within a herd (e.g. cow to cow) is uncommon, and restricting the rest of the herd following the exposure or infection of a single animal to rabies is usually not necessary. The remainder of the herd should, however, be watched carefully for signs of rabies, as the same rabid animal may have exposed other members of the herd.

If an exposed animal is to be slaughtered for consumption, the NASPHV notes that it should be done immediately after exposure and all tissues be cooked thoroughly. Barrier precautions should be used by those handling the exposed animal, and USDA Food and Inspection meat inspectors notified prior to slaughter.

Further information on rabies, including the NASPHV report and list of rabies vaccines approved for livestock can be found at the Center for Disease Control website, cdc.gov/rabies.

Persons with questions may also contact the Madison County Health Department at 366-2526.

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