Rabies – USA

A cat found in the area of Lovettsville in Loudoun County, Virginia, has tested positive for rabies. Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement captured a fox the same day, who tested positive for rabies.

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services says the cat was injured and taken to a veterinary hospital by a good Samaritan.

The department is asking for anyone who may have come into contact with an unknown domestic short hair, brown tabby type cat in the area to contact them.

Any outside pets in the area, especially cats and dogs, should be checked to make sure they are current on their rabies vaccinations, the department adds.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to rabies should wash any body part having come into contact with saliva or neural tissue with soap and water. You are also urged to seek medical attention.

If you, your family members, or pets have come into contact with this cat or any other animal which may have been exposed to rabies, please call the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services at 703-777-0406.

Photo: Cat and dog playing.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. These symptoms are followed by one or more of the following symptoms: violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and ultimately loss of consciousness. Once symptoms appear, the result is nearly always death.

The time period between contracting the disease and the start of symptoms is usually one to three months, but can vary from less than one week to more than one year.

Rabies is present in more than 150 countries and on all continents but Antarctica. It is very important to have your pets vaccinated and avoid contact with wild animals.

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