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Case of Rabies Confirmed in Salt Lake County

Case of Rabies Confirmed in Salt Lake County

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(KSL News) A 16-month-old Salt Lake boy has been exposed to rabies.

Little Marcus Tomsett here is taking rabies shots. On July 2 his parents heard him scream. They found Marcus in a room with a live bat one of the cats brought home. Tests confirmed the bat was rabid, and state law requires animals exposed to rabies be quarantined for six months.

Temma Martin, with Salt Lake County Animal Services, said, "For the three cats that would've meant a six-month quarantine, and even at our shelter, which is very inexpensive for boarding, it would've come to over $4,300."

Case of Rabies Confirmed in Salt Lake County

The biggest priority was Marcus because left untreated, rabies is almost always fatal. The family hated to put down their three cats. Andrew Tomsett said, "Cat vaccinations only last for one year, and your veterinarian is not going to call you up and tell you it's expired."

The Tomsetts say the loss of Oreo, Millie and Nelson is heartbreaking but hope other pet owners will keep their vaccinations up to date.

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