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Worcester County Health Department Confirms Rabid Cat in West Ocean City

Snow Hill, Md. - Worcester County Health Department has confirmed that a cat tested positive for rabies this week. The cat was found at Ocean Village at Old Bridge, a townhome community off Route 707 (Old Bridge Rd) in West Ocean City. The cat was being fed as part of a colony of cats at the property and is described as a small white female with orange and tabby patches.

Health department officials warn that any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact with this cat or any other cat from the colony, could be at risk for rabies exposure. Rabies is a serious disease transmitted by an infected animal. If anyone believes they had contact between 5/29/16 and 6/11/16, call the Worcester County Health Department immediately at 410-641-9559. If you call after hours or on the weekend, call Worcester County Emergency Services at 410-632-1311 to reach health department on-call staff.

If a person has been bitten or scratched, he or she should seek immediate medical care. Post-exposure treatment is necessary to prevent rabies.  If not treated, rabies is fatal.  Additionally, if a pet has had contact with this cat or any cat from the colony, contact your veterinarian.

For more information about rabies, please visit our website at http://www.worcesterhealth.org.