Cat found near school bus stop tests positive for rabies

Rabid cat found in Virginia Beach. (Image provided by the Virginia Beach City Manager's Office on April 11, 2014)
Rabid cat found in Virginia Beach. (Image provided by the Virginia Beach City Manager's Office on April 11, 2014)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A cat found near a Virginia Beach school bus stop has tested positive for rabies.

According to the City of Virginia Beach, the stray cat was following children waiting for the bus in the 1200 block of Warwick Drive. The Virginia Beach Health Department confirmed on Thursday the cat had tested positive for the rabies virus.

“An animal exposure is a serious medical event, for which prompt evaluation and complete treatment is critical,” said Dr. Heidi Kulburg, MD, health director for the Virginia Beach Health Department.

If you may have been exposed to the cat found on Warwick Drive, the health director advises you to contact your doctor or go to your nearest emergency department for evaluation. If your pet may have been in contact with a rabid animal, you’re advised to call Virginia Beach Animal Control at 757-385-5000 or the Virginia Beach Health Department at 757-518-2646.

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