Public Health Warns Fair Oaks Residents of Rabies Positive Cat


Department of Health and Human Services
Sherri Z. Heller

12/16/2016 10:00 PM

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Public Health Warns Fair Oaks Residents of Rabies Positive Cat


Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento County Division of Public Health is advising residents in the Fair Oaks area of Minnesota Avenue,
between Sunset Avenue and Woodglen Drive, to call Public Health if they came into contact with a sickly looking grey and black tabby cat
between November 26, 2016 and December 2, 2016. The deceased cat tested positive for rabies at the Public Health Laboratory.

Residents in the area should also check pet vaccination records and monitor animals for signs of illness. Symptoms of rabies in animals can
include lethargy, aggressiveness, change in behavior, and trouble walking.

All species of mammals are susceptible to rabies virus infection. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing
disease in the brain. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and
general weakness or discomfort. Rabies in humans is preventable through vaccination.

The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. It is important for
all pet owners to vaccinate their pets including horses.

"We have been in communication with those identified as having direct contact with the animal," said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County
Public Health Officer. "We want other residents in the neighborhood to be aware in case they came into contact with the cat and to remind
people of the importance of vaccinating their pets."

If you suspect that you or your pet came into contact with a sick cat within the time period please contact Public Health at 916-875-5881.