A cat bit two people near a Charlotte-area hospital. It had rabies, cops say

An aggressive cat that bit two people near Novant Health Matthews Medical Center tested positive for rabies, Matthews police said Tuesday.

The cat attacked the victims on Friday afternoon, according to a Matthews Police Department news release, and police are concerned others might have been exposed to the potentially deadly disease.

Workers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control Division captured and killed the animal and had it tested for rabies, Matthews police said.

Police said anyone who petted a medium-sized gray cat near the hospital July 1-5, or was bitten, licked or scratched by it, might have been exposed to rabies. The medical center is in the 1500 block of Matthews Township Parkway.

The cat was about six months old, according to police.

If you think you came in contact with the cat, immediately call the Mecklenburg County Health Department at 704-614-6512 or 704-589-3242.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.