Feral cat on CT shoreline tests positive for rabies

A feral cat has tested positive for rabies, the Ledge Light Health District has announced. Stephen Mansfield, director of health, said the cat was from the Spithead Road area of Waterford.

WATERFORD — A feral cat has tested positive for rabies, the Ledge Light Health District has announced.

Stephen Mansfield, director of health, said the cat was from the Spithead Road area of town.

Tests came back late last week that confirmed the feline tested positive for rabies.

“The public should refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals,” Mansfield said.

He said, “rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can affect all warm-blooded, including people. It is spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes in contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes, such as eyes, nose and mouth,” Mansfield said.

Earlier this month, the health district announced that as bat tested positive for rabies in the Hamburg Road area in Lyme.

Anyone who has any questions is asked to call the health district at 860-448-4882 or Waterford Animal Control at 860-422-9451.

Connecticut Media Group