Cat Found Recently Tests Positive For Rabies

Residents who have come into contact with this feline are asked to consult with their doctors.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – The Frederick County Health Department says a cat found near the intersection of Stottlemyer Road and Old Catoctin Road near Route 77 has tested positive for rabies. The feline was brought to the Maryland Agriculture Department Lab on Friday due to its aggressive behavior.

The cat is a young adult, gray tabby.

The Health Department strongly recommends anyone who has had contact with this cat between July 4th and July 21st to consult with the health care provider and report it to the Department’s Community Health Services Office at 301-600-3343. . IF any of your pets have had contact with this cat, you need to contact your veterinarian, and report it to the Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.

The Health Department says rabies is viral disease that affects mammals and is spread  through the saliva of infected animals, usually by a bite. Symptoms among animals may include fear of water, excessive salivation, failure to eat or drink, limping, and unusually friendly or aggressive behaviors. It can also include nocturnal animals coming out during the daytime.

Rabies is always fatal to human if they become infected, and there is no post exposure treatment.

By Kevin McManus