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Chatham County cat tests positive for rabies

By Marissa Jelks
Posted Monday, November 2, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Public Health Department reports that a pet cat tested positive for rabies after biting its owner, a veterinarian and the veterinarian’s assistant last week. The State Public Health Laboratory reported the positive test to Animal Control staff on Saturday, October 31.

The owner, who lives near Bennett in southwest Chatham County, took the cat to a veterinarian’s office last Wednesday and on that day the cat bit all three people. It was held for observation at the vet’s office and was found dead in its cage Friday morning.

The three bite victims are receiving post exposure rabies treatments at Chatham Hospital.

Holly Coleman, Health Director urges residents to maintain current rabies vaccinations for their pets. Ms. Coleman says, “This is the second incident of animal rabies in Chatham County in the last month. Vaccinating your animals is the only way to protect pets from contracting rabies.”

The Animal Control Division of the Health Department is sponsoring a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic to be held Saturday, November 7, from 9 am until Noon at the Animal Control Shelter located just off US 64, five miles west of Pittsboro. Look for the big green highway sign. Cats should be in carriers and dogs on leashes, or they may be left in the vehicle.

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