Cat with rabies scratches person in Prattville

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) – A stray cat that scratched a person in Prattville has been confirmed rabid, according to the Alabama Department of Health.

According to ADPH, the incident occurred in the Durden Road area. Earlier this week it was confirmed that the cat is rabid.

The cat was seen in the neighborhood acting aggressively towards the cat of a nearby resident. ADPH says the viewer was scratched by the cat after trying to separate the animals.

ADPH said the car was taken to the Prattville / Autauga County’s Humane Shelter and tested for rabies.

The health department tests animals that have exposed humans and other animals to rabies, especially if they are strays or have an unknown vaccination status. An examination will also be done to ensure that any person exposed is treated appropriately to prevent developing a rabies infection.

Animals that are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal are usually treated with a booster vaccine and a short quarantine period, according to the officials.

Dr. State Public Health Veterinarian Dee W. Jones says vaccinating your pets is the best way to ensure they are protected from such encounters with a rabid animal.

Officials advise residents of the area to take the following precautions to avoid possible exposure to rabies:

  • Do not let pets roam free; cage them in a fenced area or on a leash.
  • Do not leave uneaten animal feed or scraps near where you live.
  • Do not illegally feed or keep wild animals as pets.
  • Avoid going near wildlife or pets that are acting strange or abnormally.
  • Warn children not to go near stray or wild animals, regardless of their behavior.
  • Instruct children to notify an adult if they are bitten or scratched by an animal.

ADPH says anyone who is bitten or scratched by an animal should wash the wounds with soap and water, provide first aid, and see a doctor.

Alabama state law requires dogs, cats, and ferrets 12 weeks of age and older to have the rabies vaccination.

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