Health officials warn not to feed stray animals to prevent rabies

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Frederick Health Officials are warning the public to stay away from stray cats after a cat tested positive for rabies.

The Frederick County Health Department says a stray black cat, found along Mains Lane, tested positive for the deadly virus on January 2.

Officials say a homeowner reported being attacked by the cat, but weren’t hurt.

Now at least three traps are being set up in the area to stop any additional cases.

Experts say don’t leave food out for animals if you want to reduce your chances of possible exposure.

“People putting out food, even if it is just for their pet cat, can also attract other animals. Rabies is transmitted via the saliva so you don’t want to get bite, and you don’t want to interact with these animals because you don’t if they do have rabies or if it’s something else that they have,” explained program manager for community services at the Frederick County Health Department, Alicia Evangelista.

If you or your animal have come in contact with a stray or wild animal, call animal control immediately.

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