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Jefferson County cat tests positive for rabies

two treated

October 13, 2007

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The health officer for Jefferson County reported that Thursday, the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services confirmed that a cat from the Flowing Springs and Country Club roads area tested positive for rabies, the Jefferson County Health Department said.

The stray cat attacked and bit at least one, possibly two, kittens. The kittens' owners were exposed during the encounter, the health department said in a news release.

Both people involved are undergoing post-exposure treatment, the health department said.

Rabies is transmitted most often by bites or saliva through cuts or openings in the skin.

If left untreated, the disease is almost always fatal. The health department advised residents to avoid wild and stray pets, to keep rabies vaccinations current, not to let pets run loose and to contact a physician if they're bitten.

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