NORFOLK, VA – A cat collected in Norfolk has tested positive for rabies. The cat, described as a black tabby approximately 4 months of age, was picked up near the intersection of 22nd St and Llewellyn Ave. The cat was dropped off at Norfolk Animal Care Center on September 11, 2018. The cat was exhibiting aggressive behavior, humanely euthanized, and subsequently tested for rabies at the Virginia Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Richmond, VA, which reported the positive result on September 19, 2018. If you have recently been bitten or scratched by a cat in this area matching the above description, please contact Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.
It is important to note that, in the event of any exposure, all animal bites and scratches should be reported to local health departments. “Rabies is a deadly virus and area residents are reminded to keep pets up-to-date on their vaccinations,” said Norman Grefe, Environmental Health Manager, Sr. 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.