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Frederick County Health Department Maryland - Cat Test Positive for Rabies in Frederick County 20 May 2022 ( news )
Frederick County Health Department , state Maryland ( By Press Release office)
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Cat Test Positive for Rabies in Frederick County
FREDERICK , MD – On May 19 , 2022 , the Frederick County Health Department ( FCHD ) received a report that a stray cat captured on Martin Road , in Smithsburg , Frederick County , Maryland , tested positive for the rabies virus . Martin Road is located close to Wolfsville Elementary School . The cat was found on May 17 , 2022 , acting oddly and suffering from a wound of unknown origin . The cat is described as a female , older adult , domestic short hair , very light brown tabby with missing fur on the tops of her feet .
The FCHD recommends that any people who may have had contact with this cat between May 2 , 2022 , and May 17 , 2022 , 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 mainly infects mammals and is spread through the saliva of the infected animal , usually by a bite . Symptoms of rabies in animals may include fear of water , excessive salivation , failure to eat or drink , limping , unusually friendly or aggressive behavior , and/or other atypical behaviors such as nocturnal animals emerging during the daytime . The disease is nearly always fatal to humans if infected and no prompt post exposure treatment is had .
Barry Glotfelty , Director for FCHD’s Environmental Health Services , advises , “Mammals , such as cats , can be infected with the rabies virus so do not touch or play with unknown animals , and make sure your pets are vaccinated . ” If you or your pets have contact with a stray or wild animal , report it to Animal Control at 301 - 600 - 1544 .
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