Rabid cat results in treatment awareness of deadly disease

COLLEGEVILLE The Montgomery County Health Department confirmed that a cat tested positive for rabies on Friday at East Fifth Avenue in Collegeville.

The department wants to remind residents that anyone who has been bitten or scratched by or had saliva exposure to a stray cat must receive treatment to prevent this fatal disease.

Rabies is a deadly viral infection that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other warm-blooded animals. Symptoms may include anxiety, stress, tension, drooling and convulsions.

If you, someone in your household, or any of your pets may have come into contact with a stray cat or any other stray or wild animal, immediately call the Montgomery County Health Department, Division of Communicable Disease Control, at 610-278-5117.

- Inquirer staff