Three people in Weld County are undergoing preventative rabies treatment after they were bitten or scratched by a rabid feral cat.
One adult and two kids were attacked in an unincorporated part of the county.
All mammals, including humans, are at risk for contracting rabies. There are signs of rabies you can see in animals.They include increases in saliva and drooling, nocturnal animals seen out during the daytime, and slow or difficult movement. Other signs may be aggressive behavior, such as a skunk attacking a dog.
Effective vaccination treatment is available to prevent rabies if started before symptoms appear.
If a person suspects they have been exposed to rabies, they should contact their medical provider immediately.
To prevent exposure to rabies:
- Do not feed, touch or handle wild animals and be cautious of stray dogs and cats
- Have dogs, cats, horses, and livestock vaccinated regularly by a licensed veterinarian
- Spay or neuter pets to reduce the number of unwanted or stray animals in the neighborhood
- Do not feed wild animals or keep pet food outside, which may attract wild animals