Submitted by the North Georgia Health District
Murray County Environmental Health officials said a stray cat bit and scratched two persons who live in the 5700 block of Old Federal Road South in Chatsworth on Tuesday.
One of the persons bitten took the cat to Murray County Animal Control where Jason Osgatharp, environmental health county manager, made the determination to have the cat tested because it exhibited abnormal behavior. The cat was submitted to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and positive test results for rabies were received.
According to the persons bitten, the cat would “show up” at their home about once a month.
The rabid cat was black with a white chin, weighed about 10 pounds, and appeared otherwise healthy. Those living in or near the 5700 block of Old Federal Road South should report any bites or scratches from stray cats which occurred within the past month, especially if the stray fits this description. Call the Murray County Environmental Health Office at (706) 695-0266, ext. 8.
The persons who were bitten will start post-rabies exposure treatment.
Five other cats at the residence, all of which are unvaccinated, will be euthanized.
For more information about rabies and its prevention, log on to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/rabies.