County to hold ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clinic Oct. 1

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— The Ce­cil County Health Depart­ment will of­fer the fi­nal low-cost ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clinic of the year on Oct. 1.

Start­ing at 9 a.m., cats can be vac­ci­nated at the health

ELK­TON

depart­ment of­fice, lo­cated at 401 Bow St. in Elk­ton. Dogs, cats and fer­rets are welcome from 10 a.m. un­til noon. All pets must be on a leash or in a car­rier. An­i­mals must be at least 12 weeks old.

Each im­mu­niza­tion is $7. Health depart­ment of­fi­cials ask that you bring ex­act change. Cash or check is ac­cepted.

At clin­ics held in May, more than 250 vac­ci­na­tions were ad­min­is­tered.

Gregg Bortz, pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer for the health depart­ment, said 233 an­i­mal bites have been in­ves­ti­gated so far this year. Of those, 21 were sent for test­ing and three came back pos­i­tive: a skunk from Colora, a bat in Ear­leville and a fox in North East.

World Ra­bies Day is Sept. 28 and cats — ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion — are most at risk for ra­bies among do­mes­tic an­i­mals. Hu­mans get the po­ten­tially fa­tal dis­ease from the bite of an in­fected an­i­mal. The last hu­man ra­bies death in Mary­land was in Ce­cil County in 1976.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ra­bies clinic, call the health depart­ment’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Divi­sion at 410-996-5160.

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