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Rabid Bobcat Attacks Man in Nichols

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Health officials are advising people to be aware of some dangers in the Great Outdoors.

The confirmation of rabies in a bobcat that attacked a man in Nichols in Tioga County recently raises the awareness that wildlife should be avoided and pets should be vaccinated against rabies.

Tioga County Health Department officials say if you are going to be outdoors, be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for animals that are acting abnormally.  Children should be educated to never approach strange animals, wild or domestic.

The health department or local sheriff’s office should be notified if animals acting strangely are seen.  Do not try to capture or kill the animal yourself.

Meanwhile, the New York State Health Department says West Nile Virus has been found in five counties and New York City.

State residents are reminded to reduce the risk of exposures to mosquitos by being aware the insects are more active in the morning and evening. Any standing pools of water, as in liquid gathering in old tires, bird baths or even toys left in the yard should be drained as to not attract breeding mosquitos.

Officials say the recent heavy rains have further compounded the mosquito problem.

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