A feral cat found in Alexandria, Virginia, tested favorable for rabies, officials state.
There is likewise an increased threat that other animals in the location might have contracted rabies from the cat.
Five people were “exposed to” the feline and the health department is dealing with them, officials stated.
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria said officers caught the small gray feline on Tuesday after it was seen acting strongly in the Alexandria West area.
Authorities are cautioning anyone who had physical contact with the feline to call the health department at 703-746-4910 or after hours at 703-735-8506.
Signs of rabies in animals include:
Locals ought to call 703-746-444 with any concerns about animals.
Unforeseen aggressiveness from an animal that would usually prevent people, easily terrify or escape Extreme drooling or foaming at the mouthWalking as if uncommon or drunk sluggishness or stupor