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Cats in Oregon, Washington test positive for rabies

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For the first time in more than a decade, cats in the Pacific Northwest have tested positive for rabies.

A 6-year-old cat in Langlois, Oregon, a small town in Curry County, tested positive for rabies the week of Oct. 19, according to BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

It is the first reported case of rabies in a cat in Oregon since 1999, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

There have been nearly 20 animals that have tested positive for rabies in Oregon in 2015, but with the exception of the cat and a fox, they were all bats.

The Bandon Western World reports the cat was not immunized for rabies and had a sudden change in behavior, including attacking its owner.

In Washington, a 2-year-old cat from the Chimacum area was confirmed to have rabies Friday, the first reported case of rabies in a cat in Washington since 2002, according to BluePearl.

Dr. Beth Davidow, medical director for BluePearl in Washington, said the incidents are an important reminder to all pet owners to check with their family veterinarians to make sure pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccines.

Both of the cats that tested positive for rabies had to be euthanized.

Veterinarians say to prevent exposure to rabies, do not handle wild animals, especially bats. Children should be taught to tell an adult if they find a bat, whether it's alive or dead, and not touch it.

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