Cat Found Near Woodsboro Tests Positive For Rabies

Anyone who has had contact with this cat is urged to consult with their physician.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – A pet cat from Warner Road between Renner Road and Matthews Road east of Woodsboro in Frederick County has tested positive for rabies.

The Health Department says the feline was brought to Animal Control on Tuesday, July 12th. It’s described as an eight-month-old black, domestic short hair.

The Health Department recommends anyone who came into contact with the cat between June 28th and July 12th to notify their health care provider, and contact the Community Health Services Office at 301-600-3342. . If you have any pets that may have come into contact with this cat, you need to consult with your veterinarian, and notify the Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.

The Health Department says rabies is a viral disease which mostly infects mammals and is spread through the saliva of an infected mammal, usually by a bite. Symptoms can include fear of water, excessive salivation, failure to eat or drink, limping, unusually friendly or aggressive behavior, and/or atypical behaviors such as nocturnal animals coming out during the day. The disease is fatal to humans when they become infected and there is not prompt treatment after exposure.

By Kevin McManus.