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Our mission is to prevent, protect and promote the public health needs of our community. We strive to cultivate healthy lifestyles and invest in healthy communities.
Rabies is spread by a virus found in the saliva of infected animals. Infection requires contact with the saliva through mucous membranes or an open area of the skin. Early infection may be marked only by a mild fever and headache. Symptoms developing after the incubation period of 20 to 90 days will be severe and include confusion, excessive salivation, seizures, paralysis, delirium, and coma. While human infection in the U.S. is rare, it is nearly always fatal once symptoms appear. Post-exposure, preventative treatment includes injections of rabies immunoglobulin and a series of 4 shots with the vaccine.
The orange cat was found on Weese Street Wednesday, February 6, 2019, and was already severely ill. Anyone who came in contact with the animal should contact their physician.