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Cat snared in Birdsboro after biting someone tests positive for rabies

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County announced Friday night that a cat that bit a Birdsboro resident Tuesday has tested positive for rabies.

The cat, a medium-sized shorthaired calico, was captured Tuesday near East Main Street and North Water Street after the ARL received a call for assistance from Birdsboro police.

“We immediately responded to the patrol officer’s call and secured the cat,” said Hayden Carroll, a state-certified humane society police officer employed as animal protection manager at the ARL, in Friday’s statement. “At the moment, we know that this cat bit a resident, who was already notified and received proper treatment. If anyone else was bitten or scratched by an animal in this area they should seek medical attention immediately.”

The cat was impounded by the ARL at its Cumru Township shelter and began to show suspicious symptoms Wednesday according to Jose Joel Delgado-Rivera, ARL chief communications officer. He said the rabies test results were received Friday afternoon.

Common symptoms of rabies in animals include general sickness, problems swallowing, excessive drool or saliva, an animal who bites at everything, an animal who appears tamer than you would expect, an animal who is having trouble moving or may be paralyzed, or a bat that is on the ground, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC explains that rabies is a neurological virus that infects the central nervous system of mammals, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The CDC says 90% of reported rabies cases are in wildlife, but any mammal can get the fatal virus.

“The most important action to prevent rabies in dogs and cats is to make sure that their rabies vaccine is up to date and keeping them away from unknown animals, especially wildlife,” said Dr. Jason Banning, the ARL’s medical director. “If an owner suspects their pet was bitten or scratched by a rabid animal, they should call animal control or their local police department to capture the animal and seek immediate veterinary care.”

The ARL noted it is not the contracted animal control provider for Birdsboro.

Source: Berkshire mont

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