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Cats are a serious rabies threat

September 29, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

As we recognize World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, we are reminded that our furry feline friends - cats - are a serious rabies risk. While that may be surprising to some, the fact is that cats remain the top carrier of rabies among domestic animals in the United States. The number of rabid dogs has declined by 37 percent since 1999 - according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -but the number of reported rabid cats has actually increased and now surpasses dogs by a ratio of over 4 to 1.

 
 

 

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