Six People Being Treated for Rabies in Washington Co.

Six People Being Treated for Rabies in Washington Co.

The Washington County Health Department says they found a kitten that tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, and now six people are being treated for the fatal disease.
WILLIAMSPORT, MD - The Washington County Health Department says they found a kitten that tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, and now six people are being treated for the fatal disease.

"Once you develop symptoms you almost invariably you die," says Rod MacRae, Public Information Officer for the Health Department. "That's why it's so important for us to get a hold of people who have been exposed before any symptoms develop."

MacRae says if you've been bit or scratched, symptoms can include numbness of the limbs, itching around the bite to a progressive fever.

The Humane Society of Washington County found the all black kitten, 6-months-old, in the Greenwich Drive area of the Sterling Oaks Development.

The Health Department says if you live or visited the area between August 10-24 and had contact with the rabid kitten, to contact the department's Communicable Disease Program at (240) 313-3210, or Meritus Medical Center's Emergency Department to see if treatment is necessary.

Marvin Juarez's visits his girlfriend who lives in the area frequently and says, "It's a playful neighborhood you know I do see a lot of children running around, riding their bikes."

The Health Department says treating rabies can be very expensive, but they say no one will ever be turned away for that reason. If you think you've contracted rabies seek medical attention right away.
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