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Two cats test positive for rabies in Maryland

Two cats test positive for rabies in Maryland
Posted at 9:26 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 21:31:02-04

Maryland Department of Health Rabies Laboratory reported that two cats from the Frederick County area have tested positive for rabies.

The report was sent to the Frederick County Health Department where it was noted that the cats were from different areas of the County.

Both cats attacked their victims and were picked up by Animal Control Officers on April 28, 2018.

The first cat is described as a short-haired black female from Burkittsville near Catholic Church Road. The second cat was located across from the 7th Street Shopping Center and was described as a long-haired black cat with a white stripe down its back.

The Health Department advises anyone who may have had contact with either cat since April 14, 2018, should consult their health care provider and notify the FCHD’s Community Health Services Office at 301-600-3342. 

If any pets have had contact with either cat, it is urged to consult with your veterinarian and notify the FCHD’s Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.

Rabies is a viral disease that primarily infects mammals (warm-blooded animals who nurse their young) and is spread through the saliva of the infected animal, usually through a bite.