A pet cat has tested positive for rabies for the second time this year in Atlantic County.
The county’s Division of Public Health said a 10-year-old cat on Atlantic Avenue in Egg Harbor Township bit and scratched two residents of the home on July 6.
The pet had never been vaccinated for rabies, and appeared very aggressive and sick. It had a relatively fresh wound on its face, officials said.
The cat was euthanized after it tested positive for rabies. The state lab confirmed it was positive Wednesday.
Atlantic County reported its first cases of rabies in 2013 in a Buena Vista raccoon in March, and in a Hamilton Township cat in June.
Last year three cases of rabies were confirmed, and in 2011 there were 12 cases.
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter offers a free rabies vaccination clinic to residents each month at 240 Old Turnpike Road, Pleasantville. The next clinic will be held July 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For more information, call 609-485-2345 or visit www.aclink.org/animalshelter.
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.
For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets, please visit the county website at www.aclink.org/publichealth or call 609-645-5971.
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