Cat tests positive for rabies in Newport News

Posted at 10:12 PM, Jan 09, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Peninsula Health District reports that a cat has tested positive for rabies in the area of Electra Drive.

Health officials say anyone having information regarding any exposure to this animal (bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose, mouth) should contact the Health Department at Peninsula Health District – Newport News Environmental Health Office, (757) 594-7340. During after hours, please contact local Animal Control, Newport News, VA: (757) 933-8950.

Exposures also include direct contact between with pets.

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease that is carried by mammals and has been in the wild animal population on the Peninsula since the mid 1980’s. Our local office of Environmental Health Services will be contacting the immediate neighbors as well as any civic or homeowner’s association that serves the community.

The health district would like to remind all citizens to follow these three important rabies prevention guidelines:

1. Vaccinate your pets
2. Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department
3. Enjoy wildlife from a distance – don’t feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks or foxes to visit your premises