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Citizen Exposed to Rabies in Sykesville

Officials are reminding citizens not to feed stray animals.

Sykesville town officials are warning residents not to feed stray animals after a citizen was exposed to rabies after trying to “rescue a distressed kitten,” town officials said on their Facebook page Tuesday.

The person is now receiving rabies shots, according to the post. Animal control workers will also be placing live traps rear of the Main Street area in Sykesville, officials said.

“The community is reminded not to feed stray animals or attempt to catch or contact them,” Sykesville officials wrote. “If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare, contact the Carroll County Animal Control at (410) 848-4810.”

For more information on how to deal with human exposure to rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

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Connie stern January 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Was this a confirmed case if rabies or is the person being treated for precautionary measures?
Connie stern January 17, 2013 at 04:09 AM
It is important not to spread in unnecessary fear and it is important for news articles to include the facts and leaving out if it was confirmed or not is important.
Stinkbug January 17, 2013 at 01:33 PM
What is a "nuissance"? Confirming rabies means killing the cat or observing for 10 days in confinement. Was the cat killed or did this person chose getting rabies shots because they were bitten or scratched and the status was not known? I helped a woman scratched by a cat who chose to get the rabies shots rather than put the cat down. She later adopted the cat which ended up not having rabies. So shots are not confirmation of rabies exposure. Apparently they are not painful anymore either.
Laura Shenk January 17, 2013 at 02:14 PM
A comment under the story in the CCTimes indicated the rabies testing on the kitten would be done, and the results would be available at 3pm on Wed. An update on this story would be appreciated.
Stinkbug January 17, 2013 at 02:19 PM
The comment said that the kitten did NOT have rabies. " Realist posted at 9:42 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013. Realist Posts: 102 Following up on my post yesterday - the kitten did NOT have rabies. "
Laura Shenk January 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Thank you, Stinkbug.
Connie stern January 18, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Thanks for clarifying this matter.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Patch reached out to a town official requesting more information about this case and whether it was confirmed and we did not receive a response.
stinkbug January 19, 2013 at 05:32 AM
You are unamerican!!!
stinkbug January 19, 2013 at 05:33 AM
i wish you gt bitten!!!

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