Pleasantville cat is county’s fourth rabies case of season
A cat found in Pleasantville has tested positive for rabies, health officials said.
Three people who were exposed to the cat have started post-exposure treatment, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health.
The cat was found in the 100 block of Merian Avenue and was confirmed positive Wednesday.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for domestic animals to protect not only the pet but also the pet owner and family members who could contract rabies from an infected pet.
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides free vaccinations each month by appointment only at www.aclink.org/animalshelter.
The next clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at 240 Old Turnpike in Pleasantville.
This is the fourth rabies case in Atlantic County this year. Rabies was previously confirmed in two raccoons and a skunk.
Rabies is fatal if left untreated. It can be transmitted through direct contact with saliva through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth.
Most human cases of rabies are the result of a bite from an infected animal.
If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. All bites should be reported to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971.
Public health officials advise residents to teach children to stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals. Never feed or touch wild animals or try to keep them as pets.
Residents should ensure trash cans have secure lids to prevent wildlife from foraging for food and not leave pet food outside. Many animals are also attracted to bird seed.
If you see wildlife that is behaving strangely, especially nocturnal animals such as skunks and raccoons found during daylight hours, do not approach the animal. Instead, call your local Animal Control Officer. Contact information is available on the county web site at: www.aclink.org/animal-shelter/municipal.asp
For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets, please visit the county web site at www.aclink.org/publichealth or call 609-645-5971.