Saturday May 25th, 2024 4:30AM

Gwinnett County Health Department advises caution around stray animals after positive rabies test

By Hamilton Keener Anchor / Reporter

The Gwinnett County Health Department and Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement are advising the public to avoid animals acting unusually after a cat tested positive for the rabies virus.

The cat attacked an individual on the 2800 block of Luke Edwards Road in Dacula. Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement collected the cat and immediately took it to be tested. 

Pet owners are advised to ensure their pets' rabies vaccination is current

Rabies can be transmitted to humans from animals through bites and scratches. The rabies virus is almost always deadly in humans if untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you or a family member have been bitten contact the Gwinnett County Health Department at 770-339-4260 and request to speak with the on-call epidemiologist.

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