Two women undergoing treatment for rabies exposure

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. - Two Palm Beach County women are currently undergoing shots after being exposed to rabies.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control says that on July 3rd two women were feeding birds and cats in the Palm Springs area. The women, according to officers, were approached by a sick looking feral cat which scratched and bit both of them.

Three days later one of the women went back to the site and found a dead cat. The cat, according to the health department, tested positive for rabies.

The department is warning people in the area east of Congress, west of Florida Mango between Forest Hill Blvd and 10th Avenue North  to avoid all wild animals and if they have been bitten, scratched or attacked report it to Florida Health Palm Beach County or Animal Care and Control .

Health officials warn that the rabies virus attacks the nerves and brain tissue of warm blooded animals including people.  If exposed, individuals must begin a series of rabies shots within 10 days of exposure to maximize prevention of the disease. Rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. 

Florida Health Palm Beach County, 561-840-4500, Animal Care and Control, 561-233-1200.

 

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