A cat found just east of Colorado State University has tested positive for rabies.

The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment said in a press release Friday that the solid grey younger cat was found near the area of Laurel and Mathews street.

People who may have touched or fed the cat between July 23 and Aug. 7 may need to receive preventive treatment to avoid contracting rabies.

“Rabies is a very serious, almost always fatal virus," said Dr. Chris-Nevin Woods, Medical Director for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment in the press release.

"It is important that anyone who might have touched this cat notify their health care provider or public health to assess risk and any need for treatment.”

Rabies is most commonly spread through the saliva of a rabid animal.

Larimer County has had 47 animals test positive for rabies in 2019, the highest confirmed rabies infection across the state of Colorado.