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Cat in Westminster area found positive for rabies

A young feral cat found on Amherst Lane near Meadow Creek Drive in the Westminster area has tested positive for the rabies virus, the Carroll County Health Department announced Tuesday.

The kitten was a domestic short-haired orange tabby. The health department is concerned that area residents may have been exposed to the rabies virus.

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“Rabies exposure occurs through bites and scratches or saliva from the infected animal getting into a person’s eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound,” Rabies Program Manager Joe Mancuso said in a health department news release.

Anyone who may have been exposed to bites, scratches, or saliva from a young orange tabby cat in this area over the past few weeks can call the health department at 410-876-1884 for more information and a risk assessment. If your pet may have interacted with this cat, you may also call for a risk assessment.

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Rabies in feral (wild) cats is not uncommon in Maryland. Rabies is also common in raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. Mancuso said anyone who sees a sick or wounded animal, or one that is acting strangely can call Animal Control at 410-848-4810.

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