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Strange case in Italy – cat dies suddenly after biting owner

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In Arezzo, Italy, a family cat disappeared for two days before returning home and suddenly becoming aggressive with her owner. Unfortunately, the outcome was grim.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 02/07/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

Worried, the owner took her pet to the vet’s for a check-up. After several tests, it was discovered that the feline had contracted a rare virus similar to rabies known as the Lyssavirus.

Unfortunate conclusion

Sadly, the cat died two days after the incident. And her ordeal is causing worry in the area.

Indeed, there has only been one other detected case of Lyssavirus in history. This was in 2002 when it was discovered in a bat in Caucasus.

Precautionary measures in place

Already rattled by the impact of the Coronavirus in his country, the mayor of Arezzo has imposed certain rules until more is known about this strange case.

The deceased cat’s owner and animal siblings are taking a preventative treatment, just in case. As for the inhabitants of Arezzo, they must follow the new mandatory rules: dogs must be walked on leash at all times, and any sudden changes of behaviour in pets must be immediately reported.

Here’s hoping this was a one-off case and it doesn’t spread any further.

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