Stray cat tests positive for rabies
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.
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.