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Feral cat tests positive for rabies in Newport News

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Aug 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-27 13:21:17-04

Newport News, Va. – Peninsula Health District is warning residents and businesses in the area around the 900 block of Jefferson Avenue in Newport News that a feral cat has tested positive for the rabies virus.

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 the Newport News Animal Control at (757) 595-7387.

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.