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The Cortland County Health Department has been made aware of a situation in McGraw involving an erratically acting deer. The deer will be tested to rule out disease. We expect to have the test results within the next few days. Should the deer test positive we will notify the public and encourage anyone who had contact to call the Health Department at 753-5035 to determine any exposure.
It can be followed by outreach and education:
Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies
The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal’s behavior. It may become unusually aggressive or tame. The animal may lose its fear of people and natural enemies. A wild animal may appear affectionate and friendly. It may become excited or irritable and attack anything in its path. Staggering, convulsions, choking, frothing at the mouth and paralysis are sometimes seen. Many animals will make very unusual sounds. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies
Important Rabies Information: