Stray cat tests positive for rabies in Frederick County, Maryland


A stray cat picked up from Mains Lane in Frederick, Maryland tested positive for the rabies virus. 

According to The Frederick County Health Department (FCHD), they learned of this on January 2, 2019 — the same day the cat was collected by Animal Control.

The cat is described as being an older black domestic short-haired female that appeared sick.

The Health Department recommends that any people who may have had contact with this cat since December 19, 2017, consult their health care provider and notify the FCHD’s Community Health Services Office at 301-600-3342.

If any pets had contact with the cat, consult with your veterinarian and notify the FCHD’s Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.

Rabies is a viral disease that primarily infects mammals (warm-blooded animals who nurse their young) and is spread through the saliva of the infected animal, usually via bite. 

Symptoms of rabies in animals may include: fear of water, excessive salivation, failure to eat or drink, limping, unusually friendly or aggressive behavior, or other atypical behaviors such as nocturnal animals emerging during the daytime. The disease is nearly always fatal to humans.

Barry Glotfelty, Director for the Health Department’s Environmental Health Services, advises the public, “To protect your family from possible rabies exposure, do not touch or play with wild or stray animals and make sure that your pets are currently vaccinated.” 

If a stray animal comes on your property, do not attempt to contain it. If you or your pets have contact with a stray or wild animal, call Animal Control at 301-600-1544 to speak with an Animal Control Officer.

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