In order to protect the health of residents and visitors, the Prince William Health District (PWHD) is issuing a notice about a cat that has been found with rabies in the City of Manassas Park.

A cat that was found on October 17 in the area of Martin Drive in the City of Manassas Park has tested positive for rabies. Reportedly, the cat scratched and/or bit an area resident.  PWHD asks anyone who may have come in contact with a cat in or around Martin Drive between October 7 and 17 to call the health district at 703-792-6300. The cat was described to have long fur that was white with dark brown and black markings. In addition, the animal was noted to have an injured hind leg.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. To protect pets and their owners from rabies, Virginia law requires that all dogs and cats four months of age and older be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian, and that vaccinations be kept current.

PWHD reminds everyone to avoid contact with feral cats, bats, stray dogs and wild animals, particularly in the area where the sick cat was found.

Please visit here for the official press release, and additional tips to protect against rabies exposure.