Rabies-infected stray cat found in Stony Point
Kenneth Byman, a veterinarian with the North Rockland Animal Hospital in Stony Point, wanted to remind people that rabies virus was real.
The veterinarian yesterday spotted a rabies-infected stray cat.
Byman said a Stony Point resident rescued a stray cat about two or three weeks ago because it was injured. She took the cat to another vet to be treated. And yesterday, she brought the cat to Byman’s office because the cat presented a central nervous system disease.
The cat was euthanized. The autopsy conducted by the county Health Department showed that it was infected with rabies virus.
Those residents who were exposed to the animal were also treated for a possible infection. Employees at the vet are in the process of confirming that their vaccination titles are adequate.
Byman said he wanted to remind people that a stray cat was no different from other wild animals — raccoons, bats, or skunks — that can be a carrier of rabies virus.
“From a public health stand point, I thought it would be nice to alert the general public that rabies virus is real,” Byman said.