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10 people, 2 dogs exposed to rabid cat

A cat that looks similar to this cat tested positive for rabies. (Source: SCMPD) A cat that looks similar to this cat tested positive for rabies. (Source: SCMPD)

Savannah-Chatham Metro Animal Control confirmed that as of Thursday morning, a rabid cat has been in contact with 10 people and two dogs.

The cat that has tested positive for rabies is an adult white and gray tabby. On Nov. 28, the cat was reported to Animal Control as acting aggressive and biting one person. More victims were indentified as part of Animal Control's investigatation.

The cat was believed to be feral and was never claimed, according to police. It was captured by Animal Control and quarantined. It continued to act aggressiv and died at Animal Control, according to SCMPD. The results returned positive when it was sent for rabies testing.

The 10 people exposed to the infected cat were either bitten, scratched or came into contact with it, according to the SCMPD.

Two family dogs were also exposed to the infected cat when they were bitten or scratched, according to SCMPD. The dogs were identified and vaccinated. 

The dogs are being re-vaccinated against rabies and will be monitored by Environmental Health and Animal Control during a 45-day quarantine, according to SCMPD.

Police urge anyone who has been exposed to the cat should seek medical attention immediately or call poison control at 800.222.1222.  

"Rabies actually has a fairly long incubation time. Symptoms typically wouldn't be expressed immediately. Normally it could take anywhere from two weeks to six months for symptoms to be expressed," said Todd Jones, environmental health director, Chatham County Health Department.

If anyone in the area thinks they may had any contact with a cat matching this description should contact either Animal Control at 912.652.6575 or Environmental Health at 912.356.2164. 

Police urge residents to keep their personal pets yearly rabies vaccination current.

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