Piedmont Health District Advises of Rabies Detected Among Feral Cat Colony

April 26, 2024
Media Contact:  Brookie Crawford, brookie.crawford@vdh.virginia.gov

Piedmont Health District Advises of Rabies Detected Among Feral Cat Colony

RANDOLPH, Va. – The Piedmont Health District is advising the public residing or visiting the area near Scuffletown Road and Harrisburg Road to keep themselves and their domestic pets safe as efforts are being taken to corral a group of feral cats where one cat has tested positive for rabies.

On April 23, multiple community members were exposed to the rabid cat. All individuals have been referred to the appropriate medical professionals for treatment.

Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. Any person or family pet bitten or scratched by an animal should be reported to the local health department in order to determine any risk of rabies exposure and to receive recommendations for medical care.

The Piedmont Health District encourages everyone to vaccinate their pets, to protect them, family members, loved ones and the community at large from rabies. Virginia law requires domestic animals to be vaccinated against rabies.

In addition to keeping pets vaccinated and keeping vaccinations current, take these steps to protect families and pets from exposure to rabies:

  • Avoid contact with wild animals, such as raccoons and skunks, or stray cats and dogs;
  • Do not feed wild animals or stray cats and dogs;
  • Report stray animals to your local animal control agency;
  • Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home; and
  • Keep pets confined to your property or walk them on a leash.

For additional information, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/animal-contact-human-health/ or call the Piedmont Health District (434) 392-8187, ext. 137.

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