HANCOCK - A feral cat that later tested positive for rabies attacked two Terrace Heights Drive residents Sunday in Hancock.
The Washington County Health Department issued a public health alert to Hancock residents, telling them to avoid handling wild or stray animals in the Terrace Heights Drive area, a Humane Society spokeswoman said Friday in a news release.
Health department officials printed fliers and went to homes in the affected area, Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said.
MacRae said he was not sure whether both people who were attacked were undergoing treatment for rabies.
However, normal protocol would call for them to undergo treatment, he said.
The Humane Society encourages everyone to have their pets inoculated against rabies, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said Friday afternoon.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals. It can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal or contact with its saliva.