Thursday, June 18, 2015
Rabid Cat Confirmed in Bethlehem
From Bethlehem Health Bureau: A cat found in the area of Luna Street on the North side of the City of Bethlehem tested positive for rabies, the Bethlehem Health Bureau has confirmed.
On June 15, 2015, a stray cat bit a citizen who had been feeding it. The stray cat was one of several living in this area being fed by the citizen. The Bethlehem Health Bureau is urging citizens to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from exposures to and injuries from wild and domesticated animals.
“I strongly recommend that citizens never feed wildlife, stray or feral cats, or stray dogs, or attempt to handle any animal that is not their own,” said Bethlehem Health Director, Kristen Wenrich. All sick or injured animals should be reported to the local police department or animal control officer.
Anyone with a pet that may have come in contact with the rabid cat should contact a veterinarian for information about how to protect their animal, as well as family members. Pet owners are encouraged to keep dogs and cats up to date on rabies vaccine-per Pennsylvania law, all domesticated dogs and cats over three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies.
Anyone who is bitten, scratched, or otherwise exposed to an animal should seek prompt medical care. By law, all medical care providers must report these cases to the local health department for investigation.
For more information regarding rabies, please visit http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/health/animal/management.html or call the Bethlehem Health Bureau at 610-865-7083.