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Gwinnett County residents are being advised to use caution and avoid animals behaving unusually after a cat tested positive for the rabies virus. The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement issued a statement advising people to be wary of wild animals, including foxes, raccoons, and other animals that carry rabies and can transmit the virus through bites or scratches.
The warning comes after a cat attacked person in the 2800 block of Luke Edwards Road in Dacula last Wednesday. The cat was collected by Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement and brought in for testing. The virus attacks the central nervous system and is almost always fatal in humans if untreated. Early symptoms of rabies in people include fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort.