Rabid cat found at Virginia Beach sports complex

Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-23 15:54:14-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – Four people were exposed to a cat that tested positive for rabies on September 18.

It happened at the Virginia Beach Sports Complex at 2044 Landstown Road.

Animal control took the black and white cat.

The four people exposed to rabies are undergoing post exposure rabies treatments.

The Virginia Beach Health Department suggests that Virginia Beach residents and visitors take the following steps to prevent families and pets from being exposed to rabies:

  1. Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home:
  • Do not feed stray dogs or cats, or any wild animal.
  • Garbage containers should be securely sealed with lids.
  • After feeding pets, bring leftover food inside or dispose of it properly.
  • Bird food should be placed in a bird feeder inaccessible to wild animals.
  • Food stored in outbuildings (barns, open garages) should be inaccessible to animals.
  1. Avoid contact between yourself (or your pets) and wild animals or stray dogs and cats:
  • Report any stray animal to the Virginia Beach Bureau of Animal Control (385-5000) and avoid contact with this animal. If contact occurs between any wild animal and you or your pet, contact the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health at (757) 518-2646. It is imperative that you receive medical treatment as soon as possible. Call your veterinarian to examine your pet for wounds and administer a booster rabies shot.
  • Trapping and removal of raccoons is not recommended, but may be necessary for sick or injured animals.
  • Keep dogs and cats confined to your property. Animals that are allowed to roam are more prone to come in contact with wild animals, such as raccoons and foxes.
  1. Vaccinate all pets against rabies