FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2012
Town Sponsors Rabies Clinic at North Hempstead Community Center
MEDIA CONTACTS: Collin Nash & Sid Nathan | (516) 869-7794
Westbury, NY– Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilwoman Viviana Russell and the North Hempstead Town Board in partnership with the Nassau County Board of Health announce a free rabies clinic for dogs and cats. The Town offers this clinic once a year, free of charge.
The September 12 clinic will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM at the North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center located at 141 Garden Street, Westbury.
Attendees must keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.
Rabies, an acute viral disease of the nervous system, is transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal. However, the virus may also be transmitted when the saliva of a rabid animal comes into contact with a cut or scratched skin lesions.
New York State law requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. If an unvaccinated pet or one that is overdue on its vaccination comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the pet must either be destroyed or strictly quarantined for six months. However, if a vaccinated animal comes into contact with a wild animal, it needs only a booster vaccination, but this immunization must be administered within five days of exposure. If you care for your family and your pet, it is absolutely essential that your animals have up-to-date rabies vaccinations.
For information regarding the rabies clinic, please call 311.
You may also visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/health/ or the state website at www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/rabies for more information.
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