Health officials seeking victims of rabid cat

September 17, 1992|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer

Baltimore County health officials are looking for any Reisterstown-area resident who may have been bitten or scratched by a rabid cat that attacked a woman on Sept. 5.

Officials described the animal as a full-grown male orange tabby with white markings on its belly, chest and legs.

Any person who may have been bitten or scratched by this cat since Aug. 26 should contact county health department officials immediately at 887-2723 during the day or at 832-7179 after working hours or on weekends.

The Reisterstown woman, who lived on Delight Meadow Road, was attacked on her porch and bitten on the leg while leaving her house, said Jackie Fournillier, a county health department spokeswoman.

A police officer who responded to the woman's 911 call shot and killed the cat.

Tests on the animal showed it was rabid, said Ms. Fournillier.

County health officials said there have been 22 confirmed cases of rabid animals this year, mostly in an area stretching from Towson into Northern Baltimore County.

Anyone noticing an animal behaving strangely should call the county Animal Shelter, health officials advised.

Beginning Sept. 26, the health department will sponsor rabies clinics for dogs and cats throughout the county. The rabies inoculation costs $5 per shot.

The clinics will be held at the following locations:

* Saturday, Sept. 26, Loch Raven Middle School, 10 a.m. to noon.

* Sunday, Sept. 27, Middle River Middle School, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

* Saturday, Oct. 3, Lansdowne High School, 10 a.m. to noon.

L * Sunday, Oct. 4, Perry Hall Middle School, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

* Saturday, Oct. 17, Franklin High School, 10 a.m. to noon.

* Sunday, Oct. 18, Carney Elementary School, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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