RABIES ALERT: Venango County Cat Tests Positive for Rabies

| February 6, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued a rabies alert on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. A Venango County cat tested positive for rabies.

Location: West First Street, Oil City, Venango County, Pa.

Summary: An unvaccinated indoor cat became ill at the end of January 2019. The cat was recently adopted from a farm in Utica in December 2018. The owner noticed that the cat would not eat and was lethargic.

After two days of illness, the cat was not able to use its legs properly. The cat began to vocalize and was becoming very clingy. On the fourth day, the owner took the cat to the veterinarian where it was now hissing at people, panting, and was not able to use its legs at all. the cat was euthanized at the veterinarian’s office and was submitted for rabies testing to the Lionville Laboratory where it tested positive for rabies.

Exposure: Eight people were exposed to this cat and are now receiving post-exposure prophylaxis. No animals were known to have been exposed to this cat.

Rabies Law: Pennsylvania law requires all dogs and cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Failure to comply with the law may result in a fine of up to $300.00.

For more information, visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov and search “rabies.”

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