It was located west of Frederick city.
Frederick, Md (KM) A stray cat found earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. The Frederick County Health Department says the feline was collected on March 16th at the intersection of Yellow Springs and Walter Martz Roads.
The cat is described as a small, cream-colored female adult..
Anyone who has had contact with this cat between March 2nd and the 16th is urged to consult with their health care professional, and report it to the Community Health Services Office of the County Health Department at 301-600-3342. . If their pets have had contact with this cat, call your veterinarian, and report it to the Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.
Rabies is a viral disease that infects mainly mammals. It’s spread through the saliva of the infected animal, usually from a bite. Symptoms may include fear of water, excessive salivation, failure to eat or drink and limping. Rabid animals can often be unusually friendly or aggressive, and display atypical behaviors, such as nocturnal animals coming out during the day.
The Health Department urges you and your children no to approach or play with unknown animals, and make sure your pets’ vaccinations are up to date.
To report a stray animal, call Animal Control at 301-600-1544.
By Kevin McManus