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Cat tests positive for rabies

Posted Wednesday, September 22, 2004

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Pittsboro - A domestic cat involved in an attack on a human Friday, Sept. 17, has tested positive for rabies, according to a report from the Chatham County Health Department.

The N.C. Division of Public Health State Laboratory called Chatham County animal control officials late Monday, Sept. 20, to inform them of the cat's positive test for rabies. This incident occurred within the town limits of Pittsboro. No one claimed ownership of the cat, nor was it wearing any identification. The human involved received a scratch on the chest and a bite on the leg and is receiving post-exposure rabies treatment.

North Carolina law requires all cats and dogs to be immunized against rabies beginning at age 3 months, again in one year, and then again every three years. The law also requires that all dogs wear a collar with their rabies tag attached and that all animal bites be reported to local public health authorities.

All local veterinarians are equipped to vaccinate domestic animals.

The Chatham County Public Health Department is sponsoring a rabies clinic on Nov 6th at the Animal Shelter located at 725 County Landfill Road, Pittsboro.

People can call the Chatham County Public Health Department Division of Animal Control at 542-7203 with any questions.

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