Stray cat tests pos­i­tive for ra­bies

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AMITY >> A stray cat picked up by the An­i­mal Res­cue League of Berks County tested pos­i­tive for ra­bies on Fri­day, Dec. 28, fol­low­ing its pickup by an an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer.

The cat was picked up in the 100 block of Or­chard View Lane in Dou­glassville on Sun­day, Dec. 23, by an of­fi­cer from the An­i­mal Res­cue League of Berks County after a con­cerned cit­i­zen called the league when he no­ticed the stray cat act­ing er­rat­i­cally, stag­ger­ing and strug­gling to keep its bal­ance.

The cat was taken to an area an­i­mal hos­pi­tal for fur­ther eval­u­a­tion, where their vet­eri­nar­ian sus­pected the cat was ra­bid. To con­firm the di­ag­no­sis, the cat had to be eu­th­a­nized for test­ing, and a pos­i­tive di­ag­no­sis was re­ceived by the hos­pi­tal on Fri­day.

All who in­ter­acted with the cat from the time of the an­i­mal con­trol call to the time of the cat’s death have re­ceived ra­bies vac­ci­na­tions or boost­ers.

How­ever, any­one who may have in­ter­acted with this cat pre­vi­ously should con­tact their health­care provider im­me­di­ately. If left un­treated, ra­bies can be a deadly dis­ease in hu­mans.

Ra­bies symp­toms vary sig­nif­i­cantly by species. If you live in the Dou­glassville area and note an an­i­mal act­ing strangely, please con­tact the An­i­mal Res­cue League im­me­di­ately at 610-373-8830.

For fur­ther de­tails on the ra­bies virus, in­clud­ing how it’s trans­mit­ted, its ef­fects on an­i­mals and hu­mans, as well as how to iden­tify a ra­bid an­i­mal, visit https://www.cdc. gov/ra­bies/in­dex.html

To min­i­mize ex­po­sure to ra­bies and other risks, the An­i­mal Res­cue League rec­om­mends that all pet own­ers should keep their pets from freely roam­ing out­doors. Fur­ther, the league is re­mind­ing all pet own­ers on the im­por­tance of their pets re­ceiv­ing a yearly ra­bies vac­cine to keep their pets safe.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This stray cat was picked up in the 100 block of Or­chard View Lane in Dou­glassville by the An­i­mal Res­cue League of Berks County on Dec. 23 and tested pos­i­tive for ra­bies on Dec. 28.

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