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Mayo Clinic
Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans [Letter]

In late August, Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie had to close its doors because a feral cat had found its way into the building. In closing the school, officials demonstrated prudent concern for the health and well-being of students. Feral cat activists bemoaned the caution exercised by officials, charging that officials had reacted to the feral cat sighting with the severity of a bomb threat after a teacher caught a glimpse of the animal loose without a hall pass ("Anne Arundel's cruel cat policy," Sept. 4). Yet school officials were wise to be cautious. They may have been familiar with a recently published Mayo Clinic study that found that 30 percent of...