Last updated: December 27, 2018
RABIES ALERT- December 14, 2018
Black and White Domestic Shorthair Kitten Tests Positive for Rabies
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have come in contact with a black and white domestic shorthair kitten found near the intersection of Charter Oaks Boulevard and Town Center Boulevard in the Seven Oaks Community in Odenton, Maryland. The kitten has tested positive for rabies. If you had contact with a black and white domestic shorthair kitten in that area within the past two weeks, please call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 443-481-3140 after business hours.
Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a cat, fox, raccoon, groundhog or bat. It is also spread when the infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cut of a person or another animal.
Preventive treatment might be required for anyone who handled, fed or was attacked by the kitten. Rabies is a fatal disease, and preventive treatment (vaccines) must be started as soon as possible. The Department of Health advises county residents not to feed wild or stray animals or leave food dishes outside. Pet owners should also keep their animals’ rabies vaccinations current.
To get a free fact sheet on rabies, call 410-222-7256.