Cat tests positive for rabies in Franklin Township – Times News Online

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Published on July 09, 2022 at 08:28

A Franklin Township cat has tested positive for rabies.

Carbon County Friends of Animals shared the post on their Facebook page late Thursday night.

According to the post, the cat tested positive for rabies on Wednesday near the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Dana Dunbar, shelter manager, Carbon County Friends of Animals, said they were unaware of the situation until a woman shared it with them.

Dunbar pointed out that “people just need to be aware. Hope no one was hurt.

“For some reason rabies in cats is on the rise,” Dunbar said. “If you see stray cats, the best thing would be to neuter and neuter them and get them vaccinated against rabies, which will also prevent them from coming into contact with the rabies virus. It will protect them. »

Dunbar added: “Unfortunately, rabies is fatal in animals.

“The big thing is people with indoor/outdoor cats, be mindful; make sure they get shots and just limit their time outside,” she said. “If you keep your cats indoors, the chances of them catching or spreading are limited.”

Dunbar said rabies is becoming more common.

“It seems more and more cats are getting rabies,” she said. “We have seen many more cases in recent years.”

The message warns people not to panic, but to please be aware of any erratic animal behavior near the location and report it to the local police department, Department of Agriculture or Department of Health. .

The message also states that rabies is fatal and there is no cure.

Shannon Powers, secretary of the Palestinian Authority’s Department of Agriculture, said feral cats are one of the most common animals that test positive for rabies.

Powers said if you think your pets have been exposed to rabies, report it to the department.

She said the animal should be quarantined and observed until the animal that exposed it is disposed of.

In the event of human exposure, Powers said you should contact your doctor and began post-exposure treatment.

“Prevention is keeping your pets away from a potential wild animal carrier rabies,” she said, adding that there is a very effective and legally required vaccine for dogs three months and older and domestic cats. “It’s a legal responsibility to own a dog or a cat.”

Powers said other keys keep indoor pets out of contact with wildlife, and neutering and neutering pets reduces the number of unwanted animals wandering around unvaccinated.

For more information, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

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