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Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Colorado

In Colorado, an indoor/outdoor domestic cat tested positive for rabies after it bit and scratched its owner, who is receiving post-exposure treatment. Two dogs in the household are under a 45-day home observation, and thankfully both are up-to-date on their vaccines. This is an important reminder to have your pets vaccinated for rabies, and to make sure those vaccines stay current.

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World Rabies Day is Sept. 28

World Rabies Day, which is dedicated to helping people understand how rabies is transmitted and what to do when a person is exposed to the virus, is this Saturday, Sept. 28. At the Worms & Germs blog, Scott Weese has a World Rabies Day logo2012 rabies recap with data taken from the U.S. annual rabies surveillance report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The report found that 6,162 cases of rabies were diagnosed in animals in 2012, and 92% of rabid animals were wildlife — which underscores the importance of staying away from wildlife and vaccinating your animals against rabies.

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Minnesota man learns lesson after rabies scare

A man in Minnesota says a rabies scare taught him a lesson: if you wake up to find a bat in your bedroom, don’t shoo it away and let it outside — capture it and have it tested. Sven Sundgaard of Saint Louis Park, Minn. said the bat brushed against his face as he slept, and he shooed it away, not thinking he’d been bit. Bats have tiny teeth, though, and a bite may not always be apparent. While a small percentage of bats carry rabies — about 6 percent of those submitted for testing — it’s better to be safe than sorry, experts say.

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Feral cat colonies could pose increased risk of rabies in humans

Feral cat colonies could pose an increased risk of rabies in humans that care for the cats, a new study found. The study, conducted by the CDC, says that cats in feral colonies are exposed to animals that can transmit rabies — and trying to capture feral cats to vaccinate them for the required number of rabies shots can be difficult. There haven’t been any deaths from rabies linked to cats in many decades, and supporters from trap-neuter-vaccinate-release programs believe that when the cats return to the wild, they’ll remain disease-free and the colonies will eventually die out. Researchers disagree, though, citing a study that says the cat colonies can increase in size due to not all of the cats being neutered and new cats joining the colony.

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Nine children in Louisville treated for rabies

To avoid rabies, you shouldn’t handle bats or other wildlife, especially if they appear ill. Recently, nine children in Louisville, Ky. were treated for rabies after a bat tested positive for the disease. The children were carrying the bat in a box and playing with it.

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