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Two exposed by cat that tests positive for rabies

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AYDEN, Pitt County - Two people have been exposed to a cat that was tested for rabies, according to the Pitt County Office of Public Information.

In a press release, officials with the Pitt County Public Health Department said a stray gray cat from Ayden tested positive for rabies on Monday. The cat was put to death.

Shortly after the test results, two people were confirmed to have had contact with the cat two weeks before. Officials said the two people have received prophylaxis to prevent them from contracting rabies.

Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John H. Morrow, MD, MPH advises others who may have been exposed to this cat through direct contact, to visit their healthcare provider or go to the hospital's emergency department for evaluation and possible treatment. For questions on what qualifies as direct contact, please contact the Communicable Diseases Nurse with the Pitt County Health Department at (252) 902-2340.

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