Rabid cat scratches 5 people in Cecil County

PORT DEPOSIT, Md. - The Cecil County Health Department says a stray cat, that tested positive for rabies, scratched at least five people in the Port Deposit area.

Officials say the five people were near several restaurants on Main Street in downtown Port Deposit last Friday, where the cat was wandering around.

Witnesses say the cat looked sick and had abscesses on its body.

It was captured and taken to a veterinarian, where it was euthanized, before being tested.

The five people health officials know were scratched have been advised to get treatment.

Authorities say the cat is the first domestic animal to test positive for rabies in Cecil County this year.

The cat is described as a small-to-medium-sized yellow tabby cat.

Health officials say anyone who thinks they may have exposed to the cat in the past ten days to go to the emergency room or call Bonnie Ryan at the Cecil County Health Department at 443-206-0594.

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