Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that is transmitted through infected animals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. The virus is present in saliva and nervous tissue of infected animals.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that is transmitted through infected animals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. The virus is present in saliva and nervous tissue of infected animals. Livingston County has confirmed rabies in raccoons, bats, cats, foxes, skunks, woodchucks and even a cow since 1992.People can contract rabies by coming in contact with a rabid animal through a bite or a scratch.  
With the warm weather approaching, contact with wildlife increases. We urge residents to be aware of the danger of rabies and follow these guidelines to avoid exposure to rabies:
• If you are bitten, scratched or have contact with an animal, immediately wash the wound with
soap and water, seek medical attention and report the incident to the Livingston County
Department of Health.
• Avoid contact with any wild animal. Be suspicious of wild animals that are unusually tame or
aggressive, especially those that attack your pets. Do not attract raccoons to your yard by feeding
them.
• Avoid contact with any stray animals, especially cats. Call the Livingston County Health
Department regarding any contact with an animal that may be rabid.
• All dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies.
• Wear gloves when handling pets after any involvement with suspected rabid wild animals. Pet owners should keep a pair of thick gloves handy for just such situations, and should bathe pets after wildlife encounters whenever possible.
• Catch any bats found in homes or cabins. Contact the Livingston County Health Department to discuss the potential for exposure. In some cases the bat can be tested for rabies. Immediately report any possible contact with bats, and situations as bats in rooms or camp cabins with sleeping persons, unattended children, or individuals with mental impairment.
Livingston County residents only can get free anti-rabies vaccinations at the following clinics that will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:
June 3 – Dansville Village barns, 10 Mill St.
June 9 – Livonia Town Barns, Commercial Street
June 10 – Hampton Corners, Gypsy Lane, Mt. Morris
June 16 – Nunda Town Hall, Church Street
June 17 – Groveland Town Hall, 4955 Aten Road
For more information about rabies please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at 243- 7280, for the rabies clinics at 243-7299,  or visit livingstoncounty.us/doh_home.php.