Atlantic County’s fourth case of rabies was confirmed Wednesday, according to Atlantic County Division of Public Health.

A feral cat bitten by a raccoon about a month ago in Pleasantville tested positive Monday, Atlantic County said in a release.

The cat was turned in by a Pleasantville property owner. He was bitten by the cat while trying to capture it and is undergoing post-exposure rabies treatment.

This is the first case of rabies in a cat and also the first case of rabies in Pleasantville this year. Raccoons from Egg Harbor Township and Estell Manor tested positive for rabies earlier this year. A bat in Northfield also tested positive. Last year, there were 12 cases of rabies in Atlantic County.

Atlantic County Animal Shelter will offer a free rabies vaccination clinic to residents on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The shelter is located at 240 Old Turnpike Road, Pleasantville.

If you have been bitten or exposed to an animal through a scratch or had any contact with the animal’s saliva, you should seek immediate medical attention and report the bite to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health by calling 609-645-5971.

David Simpson

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