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Title: Good Samaritan That Interacted With Rabid Cat Has Been Identified

Department of Health Advises Others Who May Have had Contact to Seek Medical Attention

The Baltimore County Department of Health has identified the Good Samaritan who recently delivered a rabid cat to a local animal hospital. A lick, scratch or bite from a rabid animal can result in death. Others who may have been exposed to the animal between October 11 and October 25 are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

The Baltimore County Department of Health reminds citizens of the potential dangers of feeding or handling wildlife and provides the following rabies prevention tips:

  • Consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if the home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.
  • Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.
  • Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight.
  • Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.
  • Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date and do not allow them to freely roam your neighborhood.

If you have questions or need additional information, call 410-887-5963 during regular business hours, or 410-832-7182 after 4:30 p.m. and during weekends and holidays. 

Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. For information on getting your pet spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, licensed or vaccinated against rabies, visit the website or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).

Revised October 16, 2020               
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