Rabid cat in Virginia leads to plea for vaccinations

CARROLL COUNTY, Virginia (WDBJ) – Individuals caring for feral or semi-feral cats are highly recommended to have them spayed / neutered and vaccinated, according to the Mount Rogers Health District.

A semi-wild cat was euthanized this month after it was bitten into two people and then tested positive for rabies.

The incidents occurred on October 8th and 9th on Waterford Road in Carroll County, near the Crooked Creek toll fishing area.

If a person or mammal in this area has had contact with a suspicious cat, call the Carroll County Health Department at 276-730-3180. You are also urged to ensure that your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Rabies is fatal as soon as symptoms appear, according to the health district. All mammals, including humans, can get it. It is most commonly transmitted through bites, but it can also be transmitted through saliva or brain tissue from a rabid animal that comes in contact with eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.

Read more about rabies here.

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