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Rabid cat found in Yuma County; human exposure is confirmed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Northeast Colorado Health Department received word late Friday, May 31, that a cat has tested positive for rabies in Yuma County near the town of Laird.

The cat was a domestic indoor/outdoor cat that bit and scratched its owner. The individual has been started on post-exposure rabies prophylaxis, and two dogs, both with current rabies vaccinations, are under a 45-day home observation.

Although this is the first confirmed rabid animal this year in northeast Colorado, it is the third cat to test positive for rabies in northeast Colorado since the beginning of 2013, and it’s the first domestic cat that has tested positive; the other two were feral.

Last year was by far the most active year for rabies, with 37 animals testing positive for the deadly disease in northeast Colorado, including 34 skunks, two cats and one horse.

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Holyoke Enterprise June 5, 2014