Chesapeake cat and Newport News raccoon test positive for rabies

Posted at 4:30 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 16:30:22-04

A cat and raccoon have tested positive for rabies in the Hampton Roads area.

In Chesapeake, a kitten tested positive for rabies after being picked up on September 8 in the 1800 block of Rockwood Drive.

The kitten was taken to a vet and tested for rabies when aggressive behavior was observed, according to the Chesapeake Health Department.

It had to be euthanized.

A raccoon in Newport News has also tested positive for rabies, according to the Peninsula Health District.

The animal was found in the area of Atkinson Way and Warwick Blvd.

Officials are also searching for a third animal. A cat bit a person in Newport News in the vicinity of Briarfield Road and Jefferson Ave.

The Peninsula Health District is looking for a domestic short hair, black and white cat with yellow eyes.

If the cat is not found the person who was bitten may have to receive shots for the prevention of rabies. Authorities remind the public that if the cat is found it will not be taken from the owner, only placed  on an in-home confinement period of 10 days.

If you have seen this animal contact the Peninsula Health District at 757-594-7340.

In addition, if anyone has been in contact with any of these animals you are urged to contact the your Health Department.