ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) – The authorities say a rabid feral cat has bitten a man in an eastern Carolina county.
Onslow County Animal Services said earlier this week, a homeowner in the Nelson Drive area was feeding a colony of wild cats when he was attacked and bitten on his leg.
The cat was trapped and euthanized because of its neurological symptoms. The state has since confirmed that it had rabies.
The man was told to seek treatment for the disease.
"Rabies is a fatal disease, people who have handled, been bitten or scratched by a possibly rabid animal should see a doctor," said Angela Lee, Onslow County Health Department Director. "If a person is infected, it is important to seek immediate treatment. We also encourage people to let the health department, animal care, hospital or doctor know if they have been in contact with a potentially violent animal."
Animal controllers say people should be cautious as they approach wild cats and keep a safe distance from an unknown wild animal, especially if they show aggressive or unusual behavior.