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Feral cat tests positive for rabies in Waterford

Waterford — A feral cat from the area of Spithead Road tested positive for rabies Friday, Ledge Light Health District said in a public health alert.

The public should refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals, the agency said. 

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, but stray or feral cats and dogs may also become infected and spread the virus. The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals.

Rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes, including the eyes, nose and mouth.

For more information, contact Ledge Light Health District at (860) 448-4882 or the Waterford animal control officer at (860) 442-9451.

 

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