Chatsworth (GA) - Murray County Environmental Health officials
announced today that on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, a stray cat bit and
scratched two persons who live in the 5700 block of Old Federal Road
South, Chatsworth, Georgia.
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
The cat was submitted to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and
positive test results for rabies were received today.
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 ten 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, extension 8.
The persons who were bitten will start post-rabies exposure treatment
today or tomorrow.
Five other cats at the residence, all of which are unvaccinated, will
For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at