Rabies Alert: Rabid Cat Found in Snellville

May 17, 2024
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😿 The Gist: A cat in Snellville, Georgia tested positive for rabies on May 9, potentially exposing veterinary staff to the virus through saliva. The exposure was reported today by Gwinnett County Animal Welfare officials.

🤔 Why It Matters: Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to humans and pets through bites or scratches from infected animals, making it crucial for residents to stay cautious and ensure their pets are vaccinated.

What’s Happening:

  • The rabid cat was found near King Stream Way in Snellville
  • No bites or injuries were reported, but vet staff were exposed to the cat’s saliva

🔍 Between the Lines:

  • Unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to rabid animals must be quarantined for four months
  • Early symptoms of rabies in humans include fever, headache, and general weakness

🏃 Catch Up Quick:

  • If you or your child have been bitten or scratched by a stray or suspected rabid animal, seek immediate medical attention and inform the healthcare provider of the exposure
  • Contact the Gwinnett County Health Department and Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office to report the incident

🖼️ The Big Picture: Rabies is a serious threat to public health, and it is essential for residents to remain vigilant, vaccinate their pets, and report any suspicious animal behavior or potential exposures to the proper authorities.

💭 Your Take: How do you think local authorities can better educate the public about the dangers of rabies and the importance of pet vaccinations? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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