BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department is urging people in Charlotte to take precautions after a stray cat tested positive for rabies.

The Health Department says the cat appeared to be healthy on May 6, but two days later was showing symptoms of rabies.

The cat was an 11-pound gray tabby that had been roaming residential areas of Charlotte.

The cat is believed to have been capable of transmitting rabies to humans or other animals beginning April 28.

People who are bitten or scratched by an animal should wash the wound thoroughly and then contact a health care provider.

People should also make sure that all family pets, including barn cats, are up to date with rabies shots.

The rabies virus is most commonly spread by raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks.