PLATTEVILLE - Weld County health officials issued a warning Wednesday after a rabid cat bit a man near Platteville Elementary School.
The man was working on a backyard fence on Sept. 28 when the cat attacked. An off-duty police officer helped identify and shoot the rabid cat. Lab testing on the dead cat confirmed rabies on Tuesday.
Health officials are concerned since the incident occurred close to the school. Rabies advisory signs were posted in the area.
"People need to remember to not touch or pet wild animals and to stay away from any animal that appears sick," Trevor Jiricek with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment said.
Health officials say rabies can infect many wild animals, including foxes, raccoons, coyotes and bats. They stress that all domestic animals such as cats, dogs, horses and livestock should be vaccinated.
Signs of rabies include increases in saliva and drooling, nocturnal animals seen out during the daytime, and slow or difficult movement. Other signs may be aggressive behavior.
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