Stray cat from Suffolk tests positive for rabies
The cat that scratched two persons early this month in the Pruden Boulevard area has tested positive for rabies. Both, a boy and a man, are being given post-exposure vaccines.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in animals. It is transmitted by animals, most commonly by a bite from an infected animal. The exposure of humans to rabies occurs when the saliva of an infected animal enters the body, for example through animal bite. The disease is fatal almost in every case if the preventive treatment is not applied before the visible symptoms of rabies occur. The disease is also fatal in domestic dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated.
The health department recommends the following steps for Suffolk residents to take in protecting themselves and their pets from rabies: If your pet has been in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact the Suffolk Animal Control at 514-7855 or the Suffolk Health Department at 514-4751. For any animal bite you should seek medical treatment and do not approach wild and stray animals.
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Text source: Suffolk News Herald; Image source: flickr.com