Rabid cat confirmed in Denton County

Krum, Texas – Officials from the Denton County Public Health Department said on Saturday they had confirmed that a cat in northeast Krum had rabies.

If you were in the vicinity of Cory Court in the Dove Meadows community between May 8th and May 18th and came into contact with a stray cat, you are urged to call the Texas Department of State Health Services at 940-349-2909 right away to talk with an epidemiology investigator.

According to the Denton County Public Health Director, Dr. Matt Richardson, “rabies is a rare disease in domestic pets, but if contracted, almost always a fatal condition in humans. We want to know if anyone was exposed to this cat between these dates so they can begin a rabies vaccination series immediately.”

According to the officials, the cat might expose a person to the disease by nipping, biting, scratching, or even licking them. It is strongly advised that everyone who was exposed to the cat gets postexposure prophylaxis as soon as possible after exposure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rabies is an infection that affects the central nervous system and may be deadly if it is not treated right away. According to the DCPH, the disease may be “100 percent prevented” in people by receiving the appropriate medical treatment.

On the website of the CDC, you may find further information on rabies, postexposure prophylaxis, and prevention.

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