County to hold rabies vaccination clinic Oct. 1
— 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
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.