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Officials urge area residents to report recent bites or scratches from

stray cats

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

be euthanized.

For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at