Rabies confirmed in feral cat in Norfolk

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There is concern for area pet owners; a cat in Norfolk tested positive for rabies.

It’s the first case in a domestic cat in recent memory… And it can be deadly to you and your pets.
That cat was feral and found near 1st and Monroe in Norfolk.

This is the third confirmed case of rabies in Nebraska this year. 

According to the CDC rabies is a viral disease of mammals and is most often transmitted through the bite. 

The most common way to contract the disease is though the saliva of an infected animal.

It is difficult to tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at. Instead, a common clue is abnormal behavior.

To avoid coming into contact with an animal infected by rabies, do not feed stray cats and dogs.

Veterinarian Shane Pedersen said, “The reason why that his is such a big problem is because we do have a lot of kind hearted people that like to help feed these cats, especially in the winter time, and if it looks like a cat is sick then a lot of people want to help these cats.”

Vaccination of pets is the most sensible measure to reduce human exposure to rabies, and is even required by law.

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