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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Man Bitten by Unknown Cat in Frederick County

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Man Bitten by Unknown Cat in Frederick County 

FREDERICK, MD - A man was bitten by an unknown cat on Sunday, April 4, 2021, around 10:00 AM on Cherokee Trail in Frederick, Maryland. The bite occurred while the victim was trying to separate his dog from a loose cat.. The cat was injured in the encounter. The cat is described as a Domestic Short Hair, white or cream in color, and weighing about 8-9 pounds. 

The Frederick County Health Department is requesting that the owner, or anyone who has information regarding the animal, contact Frederick County Animal Control (FCAC) so the victim may avoid receiving unnecessary and expensive post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Contact is needed to confirm the animal’s health and whereabouts. The animal will be quarantined, which can occur in the owner’s home, for 10 days to monitor its health. If the animal is verified to be in good health 10 days after the bite, the victim will not need to receive the series of post-exposure rabies vaccinations, and the animal will be allowed to resume normal activity. The owner or anyone who has information about the animal is asked to contact Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544. 

If you or someone in your family is bitten or scratched by a dog or cat, obtain contact information from the animal’s owner so that appropriate action can be taken. Report bites to Animal Control at 301-600-1544. Report possible human exposure to Community Health Services at 301-600- 3342. For general rabies questions, call Environmental Health Services at 301-600-1717. Visit health.frederickcountymd.gov/RABIES for more information.

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