Two people bitten by rabid cat in Norfolk

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 6:00 AM

NORFOLK -- Two people in Norfolk are being treated after being bitten by a rabid cat and health officials want to make sure there aren't others who've been exposed.  

The incidents occurred Friday, April 11, in the 8600 block of Glen Myrtle Ave., health department officials said.  One person was trying to feed the cat and the other was attacked on the way to a car, said spokesman Terrance Afer-Anderson.

The cat, described as a domestic short hair, was an adult female with gray and white markings. It was eventually caught, tested and the results came back positive on Tuesday.

Members of the Norfolk Department of Public Health's environmental staff were going through the neighborhood Wednesday to tell residents about the situation and to hand out flyers on rabies. Click here to download the flyer. 

If you think you've been bitten or scratched by the cat in the last 10 days should contact your doctor and the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712. Rabies is 100% preventable; but, once symptoms begin, there is no cure and it is almost always fatal, officials stress.  

They'll also stress the importance of keeping their pets current on rabies vaccinations. To that end, there will be a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, April 19, at the main Norfolk Public Health Center located at 830 Southampton Avenue. The shots are $5 each. For more information, call 757-390-6557.

RABIES PREVENTION TIPS:
-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 approach, handle, touch or take in stray or wild animals.
- Warn adults and children to report any animal exposure.
- Report stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control at 757-664-7387.
-Report all animal or human exposures to the Norfolk Health Department at 757-683-2712.

 

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