Lawrenceville’s Sunny Hill Road has some lovely neighborhoods, one of which is also where the latest rabies case was found in Gwinnett County.
This time the animal bit a person.
Two people rescued a kitten in an area near 2100 Sunny Hill Road and ran into dangerous trouble.
Gwinnett County Director of Special Operations Christina Amaro said, “When we got the vaccine, it actually bit one of our veterinarians and then scratched two of its owners.”
Amaro said it wasn’t unusual for the veterinarian’s cat, but a terrifying turn of events took place the next morning.
“They brought it home, but the next day they found the kitten dead,” Amaro said.
Soon after, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare Department discovered that the kitten had rabies. Apparently I missed it during the vet visit.
“It’s unusual that it went unnoticed,” she said.
Symptoms are usually obvious. Seizures, foaming at the mouth, and weakness are the most common.
From now on, the two people who took the kitten to the veterinarian will have to get a rabies vaccination.
“The closer the bite or scratch is to the head, the faster the wound progresses and the signs and symptoms begin to appear,” says Amaro.
The Gwinnett County Health Department has recommended that injections begin immediately, but did not disclose the circumstances of the three people who were bitten or scratched.
However, they provided information on dealing with wild animals, including stray cats.
“Just make sure people don’t touch unfamiliar animals,” Amaro said.
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