A cat in Springfield has tested positive for rabies. Public health officials say cats, dogs and other pets should be vaccinated against the deadly disease.
Dr. Patrick Luedke is Lane County’s public health officer. He says the cat was euthanized and its brain tested positive for the virus.
“But this animal was not vaccinated; was acting strangely. Bit someone else. Was an indoor/ outdoor animal that clearly had contact outside with wildlife. And, we know that there is at least bat rabies in Oregon. We see it.”
The person who was bitten was given the rabies vaccine which involves a 4 dose series. The treatment has changed since the days of multiple shots to the abdomen. Luedtke says to prevent the spread of rabies pets should be vaccinated against the virus. Also, he says, it’s not a good idea to approach or feed wild animals.
· Vaccinate pets (dogs and cats) against rabies.
· Watch wildlife from a distance. Don’t approach or attempt to handle wild animals.
· Do not feed wild animals.
· Keep garbage in secure containers and away from wildlife.
· Feed pets indoors.
· Seal openings in attics, basements, porches, sheds, barns and screen chimneys that might provide access to bats and other wildlife.
To report suspected rabies symptoms in wild animals: Oregon Department of Fish &Wildlife 1-800-720-6339.