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Rabid Cat Attacks Three in Maurertown

1 August 2018 News

The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid cat found on the south end of Maurertown.

On Friday July 27, 2018, at least three persons in or near the Hillview Subdivision in Maurertown were attacked by a black cat which was found to be infected with rabies. Known attacks occurred specifically on Nikita Drive and nearby Old Valley Pike. The cat has been captured and euthanized, and no longer poses a threat, but anyone who believes they had contact with this cat, especially if bitten, scratched, or licked by it, should immediately report to the nearest emergency room. Anyone whose pet was exposed to this cat should contact their veterinarian immediately.

Rabies is a deadly disease that is 100% fatal once symptoms begin, but can be prevented with treatment if begun shortly after exposure. For further information or questions, citizens are encouraged to call the Shenandoah County Health Department at 540-459-3733.

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