From the Harford County Health Department:
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 the Harford County Health Department (HCHD) was notified by the State Public Health Laboratory that a cat submitted thru the HCHD Environmental Health Services Rabies and Vector Control Unit office tested positive for rabies. The cat originated from a feral cat colony on Scarboro Road near the Harford County Waste Disposal Center where it was being fed along with other stray and feral cats.
A resident in the area brought the cat to a local veterinarian when she noticed that it was behaving unusually. The veterinarian recognized these symptoms as being consistent with rabies, euthanized the cat, and submitted it to the Health Department for analysis.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that must be taken seriously and risk of a rabies exposure is definitely a concern in these situations. Other cats in this area could possibly be incubating the rabies virus if they had contact with this cat. The highest risk of exposure is from a bite or scratch of an infected rabid animal but there is a slight risk of exposure through touching or handling as well.
If you have been bitten, scratched or licked by any stray cats in this area within the last six months, please contact the Harford County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Division at 410-612-1774 so that a rabies risk assessment can be conducted.