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Rabies confirmed in cat attack

September 01, 2010

Rabies has been confirmed in at least one of three cats that attacked humans in the College Road area, the Washington County Health Department said Tuesday in a press release.

College Road runs between Lappans Road (Md. 68) and Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65).

The attacks occurred over the weekend, and two individuals are undergoing post-exposure rabies treatment, according to the release.

Other people are undergoing evaluation to determine their possibility of exposure, the release said.

Exposure is defined as a bite, scratch or the contact of saliva or body fluids from an infected animal with a mucous membrane, such as an eye, the release said.

Health department officials will be visiting the College Road neighborhood and delivering notices to households informing residents of the situation, the release said.

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People living in the College Road area should be alert to any animals behaving in a strange manner, and pet owners should make sure that their animals are currently vaccinated against rabies, the release said.

Although emphasis is being placed on the College Road area, health officials said rabies has been well-established in the Tri-State area since 1983 and that all wild animals should be avoided.

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