Cat that attacked two people in Poquoson tests positive for rabies

Posted at 9:58 AM, Aug 22, 2014

Poquoson, Va. – The Peninsula Health District is notifying the residents of the Carys Chapel Road and Wythe Creek Road area of Poquoson that a stray cat tested positive for the rabies virus.

The cat aggressively attacked two people without provocation and at least three other cats.

Anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal (bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth) is asked to contact the Health Department at (757) 594-7340.  Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal.  After hours, please contact local Animal Control by calling the police non-emergency telephone number at (757) 247-2500.

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease carried by mammals and has been in the wild animal population on the Peninsula since the mid 1980’s.

The District would like to remind all citizens to follow these four important rabies prevention guidelines:

  1. Vaccinate your pets.
  1. Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
  1. Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises.
  1. Do not feed your pets outside, leave trash uncovered, or do anything that may attract wild animals to your property.