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Cat in Clear Spring Tests Positive for Rabies

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Laboratories Administration says the rabid cat was found on Independence Road. The cat is described as a grey and black tabby around one to three years old.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The Washington County Health Department has received confirmation that a cat in Clear Spring has tested positive for rabies. 

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Laboratories Administration says the rabid cat was found on Independence Road. The cat is described as a grey and black tabby around one to three years old. 

They're asking one who may have come in contact with this car between September 22 and October 2 to please give officials a call. Rabies is a disease that's transmitted though saliva of the infected animal, via a bite or scratch. The disease is nearly fatal to humans without proper treatment, which should begin as soon as possible after exposure. 

Officials say symptoms of rabies in animals may include a marked change in behavior, failure to eat or drink, excess salivation and hind quarter paralysis. 

You can contact the Washington County Health Department's Communicable Disease Program at (240)-313-3210 or Meritus Medical Center's Emergency Department to see if treatment is necessary. 

If any residents in this area have had contact with any other stray or feral cats, officials say they also should contact the health department. 
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