Cat Found Recently In Frederick County Tests Positive For Rabies

Anyone who has come into contact with this feline is urged to consult with the health care provider.

Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Health Department says a cat found in the area of Talbot Run Road and Black Ankle Road has tested positive for rabies.

Officials say the cat had been in quarantine at the Animal Shelter since February 5th before it starting showing neurological signs that it might have rabies. The Health Department says it was notified of the test results on Friday.

The feline is a black, domestic short-haired  male with deformed teeth from an injury. Anyone who has had contact with this cat between January 22nd and February 5th ,2024 is urged to consult with their health care provider, and notify the Health Department’s Community Health Services Office at 301-600-3342.. If your pets have had contact with this cat, you’re urged to consult with your veterinarian, and contact the Health Department’s Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717..

Rabies is a viral disease which is spread to humans and other mammals through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite, the Health Department says. Symptoms in animals can include fear of water, failure to eat  or drink, limping, unusually friendly or aggressive, and atypical behaviors such as nocturnal animals coming out during the day.

In Humans, the disease is always fatal once infected if no post-exposure treatment is given. .

By Kevin McManus