The milder weather that we've been experiencing this winter in central New York has its advantages and disadvantages. One problem is that wild animals normally dormant in the woods are wandering out into populated areas, and now the first confirmed case of a rabid animal in our area in 2012 has been reported in Camden.

According to our sister station WIBX:

"A Camden teenager is being treated for rabies exposure after caring for a sick raccoon that was killed after it started acting strangely.

Tests confirmed that the animal was rabid. It is not yet known whether other teens who also handled the animal will have to be treated as well.

This marks the first confirmed case of rabies in Oneida County this year.

Health Department officials caution the public against handling stray or wild animals, particularly when they exhibit aggressive or erratic behavior."

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