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Officials warn Henderson Co. pet owners after cat euthanized following fight with rabid racoon

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The Henderson County Department of Public Health is asking residents to be aware after a raccoon tested positive for rabies.

Officials said on Tuesday they received confirmation that a raccoon which had been in a fight with a pet cat tested positive for the virus. Because the cat was not vaccinated for rabies, it had to be euthanized.

It is the first positive rabies case in Henderson County for 2018.

Flyers are being distributed within a mile radius of St. Paul's and Beehive Road where the incident occurred. Residents in the area are asked to be alert for unusual behavior in pets or wildlife.

Officials are also urging pet owners to make sure their pets' rabies vaccinations are current.

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