If you live in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, watch out. A third cat has tested positive for rabies this summer. If you have a cat, make sure it gets a rabies shot. If you see a stray cat that’s drooling or acting aggressive, stay away from it.
Rabies causes an animal to drool, become unable to swallow or paralyzed, eventually dying if left untreated. People can become infected with rabies through a direct bite or scratch and saliva or neural tissue contacting an open wound or break in the skin. Immediately washing a bite or scratch with soap and water can reduce the risk of rabies, but seek medical help.
Hopefully this rash of rabies will subside soon, but make sure your pet is free from rabies to protect yourself and others as well.