The Ocean County Health Department has issued a rabies alert for a section of Manchester Township.
Several people were attacked by a cat in the city’s Pines Manor neighborhood, which is a mobile home community off Route 37.
This cat was found dead and later tested positive for rabies.
Health officials are urging anyone who may have come into contact with the cat to seek immediate medical attention.
Rabies is highly contagious to animals and humans. If detected early in humans, it can be treated. If left untreated, it is almost always fatal.
Manchester Police say they were called to Pines Manor last Wednesday to a report that a cat was attacking people. The animal was found dead and removed for testing by the animal control officer.
If you have come into contact with this cat, notify the Ocean County Health Department at 732-341-9700 and seek medical attention immediately.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rabies virus infects the central nervous system. If a person does not receive proper medical care after potential exposure to rabies, the virus can cause disease in the brain, ultimately leading to death.
Treatment consists of a series of injections given to prevent the rabies vaccine from infecting the human nervous system.
Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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