Thursday, October 6, 2011

RABID Cat Found In Stockton

Worcester County Health Department warns of rabid cat found in Stockton

Stockton, Md. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed an adult black cat found near the intersection of Greenbackville Road and George Island Landing Road in Stockton tested positive for rabies.
The large adult black cat was described as having a red collar that had green and yellow flowers and a bell on it.
Deputy Health Officer Dr. Andrea Mathias warns that any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact this cat could be at risk for rabies exposure. To report any contact with or exposure to these cats, call the Worcester County Health Department immediately at 410-641-9559. If you call after hours or on the weekend, follow the instructions on the answering machine for reporting an animal bite or rabies exposure incident to reach on-call staff.  
Please report any sick animals and those acting in an unusual manner since there may be additional rabid animals in this area.
If contact is suspected with a pet, do not handle the pet barehanded.
Make sure all your pets have current rabies vaccinations.
Do not allow pets to roam outdoors unattended and do not leave pet food, especially cat food, outdoors.
Residents are encouraged to talk with their neighbors and report any possible exposures.
If a person has been bitten he or she should seek immediate medical care. Post exposure treatment is necessary to prevent rabies.

If not prevented, rabies is fatal. If a pet has been bitten, contact your veterinarian. 


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