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#1 2012-05-31 23:23:42

mr.nelson
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Rabid Stray Cat Found in Perth County

Perth County has found its first case of rabies since 2009.

The Perth Distrcit Health Unit says that a stray cat in Mornington Ward tested positive for the virus.

Rabies is a virus that can be carried in the saliva of foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats. It can spread to other wild animals, pets and humans through a bite, scratch, cut or contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose and eyes. Rabies is a fatal disease.

The Perth District Health Unit reminds that it's the law to vaccinate all cats and dogs over three months of age.

To keep your pets and family rabies-free:
          Make sure your pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations
          Do not let your pets run free in the neighbourhood
          Keep your pets indoors at night
          Teach children to stay away from wild animals, dogs and cats they don't know or animals that are acting strangely
          Always contact Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) after your pets or livestock have had contact with a wild animal such as a skunk, fox or raccoon
          Always ask permission from a pet owner before trying to pet an animal.

The Ministry of Natural Resources may be distributing rabies vaccine baits in response to this case.  For more information, contact the Rabies Hotline at 1-888-574-6656.


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