Rabid cat bites person at Eastern Shore park

The Baltimore Sun

A rabid cat bit a person at Pocomoke River State Park this week and health authorities are encouraging anyone who had contact with the animal to contact them.

The Worcester County Health Department said an adult was bitten by the cat at the Milburn Landing campground area in the Snow Hill park on Monday. The cat was found, euthanized and sent for rabies testing, which was later confirmed by a state lab, health officials said.

The cat was a medium adult male, dark gray in color with white under its chin and belly and four white feet. Anyone who had contact with the cat could be at risk for rabies exposure and is asked to immediately call the Worcester County Health Department 410-641-9559 or 410-632-1311 if it is after business hours or on the weekend. Anyone who believes their pet may have had contact with the cat is encouraged to call their veterinarian.

The Worcester County Health Department did not provide more information about the person who was bitten or his or her condition.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain and is usually spread through a bite or scratch. It is usually fatal if left untreated.

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