BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in Birmingham have confirmed rabies in a pet cat.
The confirmation in Birmingham Friday follows verification so far this year of the disease in four bats and 11 skunks in Oakland County.READ MORE: Looking to Travel? Here are the Latest COVID-19 Travel Restrictions State by State
Officials said last month that a dead skunk found in nearby West Bloomfield tested positive for rabies. Other Oakland County communities with rabies confirmed in skunks include Southfield, Rochester Hills and Troy.READ MORE: Michigan Lawmakers raise concerns over reports of National Guard troops being served 'raw, moldy food' at US Capitol
Health officials say pet owners should have their dogs and cats vaccinated against the rabies virus. Symptoms in animals include general sickness, swallowing problems and excessive drooling, slow and unusual movement, no apparent fear of humans and aggression.
Rabies can be fatal to humans after symptoms begin to occur. Deaths can be prevented with a vaccine administered immediately after exposure.MORE NEWS: Michigan Lottery Results For Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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