LAUREL, Md. - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed a kitten tested positive for rabies in Laurel, Maryland on Tuesday.
Officials report that a stray kitten bit and scratched individuals in the 9000 block of Cherry Lane.
The kitten was described as a short haired brown tabby with distinctive dark stripes and dots. He was transported to a local veterinarian to be treated for bite wounds.
Twelve cats have tested positive for rabies in Maryland this year. About 900 Marylanders receive preventative treatment annually after exposure to a rapid or potentially rapid animal.
To prevent exposure to rabies, do not feed stray animals. Cover garbage cans and keep pet food inside to avoid attracting wild or stray animals.
If you have been scratched or bitten by an animal that might be rapid, immediately wash the wound and seek medical attention right away.