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Kitten tests positive for rabies in Norfolk neighborhood

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 16:47:57-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A kitten picked up near the 8000 block of East Glen Road in the Oakdale Farms/Monticello Village section of Norfolk June 14 tested positive for rabies, according to the City of Norfolk.

The kitten, described as a stray, black and white in color, was exhibiting neurological symptoms when it was found. It was confirmed to have rabies late June 17.

If you have been bitten or scratched by a stray cat in the Oakdale Farms or Monticello Village area, please contact the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.

All animal bites and scratches should be reported to the local health department. Rabies is a fatal disease, but is preventable if treatment is begun early and completed as recommended by a medical provider.

Exposure incidents occurring in the city of Norfolk should be reported to the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712 or Norfolk Animal Control at 757-664-7387.

The following precautions are recommended to reduce the risk of rabies exposure:

  • Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Keep pets confined to home and yard.
  • Keep yards free of food that could attract wild animals.
  • Do not handle, touch or take in stray or wild animals.
  • Warn adults and children to report any animal bites or scratches.
  • Report stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control at 757-664-7387.
  • Report all animal or human exposures to the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.