Brunswick County Health Services received notification that a cat tested positive for rabies recently, prompting health officials to remind residents to stay aware and take precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets from potentially rabid animals. The cat is suspected to have contracted rabies from an encounter with an unspecified wild animal the week of Nov. 2, 2022, in the southern central part of the county. The cat was injured, became ill, and later attacked its owner. The cat was taken to a veterinarian where it was euthanized and tested positive for rabies.

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