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County Health Department Issues Warning to Residents After Recent Fox Bites

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The Cortland County Health Department is warning residents of reported fox bites that took place in the southeastern portion of the City of Cortland. The Health Department says residents in the area of Route 11 / Port Watson Street, between Pendleton and the Tioughnioga River should be aware of possible sightings of a fox.


Anyone who sees a fox that is seen in the area appearing lethargic, unhealthy or aggressive, is asked to avoid any contact with it. The Health Department is currently working with area agencies in addressing the ongoing matter.

If you are bitten or scratched, the Health Department has provided recommendations of what to do:

  • Clean the wound. You should wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Seek medical attention: If you or a pet had direct contact with a fox or any wild animal, seek medical or veterinary attention immediately. Quick and appropriate medical treatment is the best way to prevent the onset of rabies.

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