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On May 1, 2018, the Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) received reports from the Maryland Department of Health Rabies Laboratory that two cats from different areas of Frederick County tested positive for the rabies virus. The first cat, from Catholic Church Rd. near Burkittsville is described as a short-haired black female. The second cat was located on 7th Street across from the 7th Street Shopping Center and is described as a long-haired black cat with a white stripe down its back. Both cats attacked their victims and were picked up by Animal Control Officers on April 28, 2018.
The Health Department recommends that any people who may have had contact with either cat since April 14, 2018 should consult their health care provider and notify the FCHD’s Community Health Services Office at 301-600-3342. If any pets had contact with either cat, consult with your veterinarian and notify the FCHD’s Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.
For more information, read the press release.