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Cat attacking Staunton resident confirmed to have had rabies

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The Staunton-Augusta Health Department has confirmed that a cat that attacked a Staunton resident on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies.

The attack in the area of Moore Street was reported to the Staunton Police Department.

Symptoms of rabies in animals include extreme agitation and aggression, muscle spasms, excessive salivation, and ultimately death. If you have had any exposure to an animal displaying symptoms similar to these, contact Animal Control at the Staunton Police Department immediately at 540.332.3842 and seek prompt medical attention.

Rabies is transferred by saliva and is fatal if not treated immediately.

Wildlife can transmit rabies to unvaccinated animals and persons.

The Staunton Police Department is asking that every citizen ensure their pets are current on their rabies vaccinations. Both state law and city code require that domestic animals are vaccinated for rabies.

If you have further questions about rabies prevention or treatment, contact the Health Department at 540.332.3870.

If you have questions about state or city code pertaining to wildlife and domesticated animals please contact Staunton Animal Control at 540.332.3842.

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