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Rabid cats found in northwest for first time in a decade


Two cats from the Pacific Northwest  recently tested positive for rabies—the first such cases in more than a decade—and veterinarians are urging all pet owners to ensure their pets are current on their vaccinations.

The most recent incident was confirmed Friday, when Jefferson County public health officials reported a two-year-old female cat from the Chimacum, Wash. area had the deadly disease. It’s the first reported case of rabies in a cat in Washington since 2002.

The other case is from Langlois, Ore., where a six-year-old cat tested positive for rabies the week of Oct. 19. The state hasn’t had a case of feline rabies since 1999, Oregon Health Authority officials reported.


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