A stray cat in the York Road area of Manchester in Carroll County has tested positive for rabies, according to the Carroll County Health Department.
The cat was a domestic short hair breed with a gray and white coat.
Rabies is a fatal virus that is spread by saliva. According to the Carroll County Health Department website, "Since rabies lives in rabid animals' saliva, a bite is the most common way it is transmitted. Scratches which have allowed saliva into the body or saliva that has gotten into open wounds, eyes, nose or mouth can also be a problem. Just petting or touching a rabid animal or pet which has had contact with a rabid animal, or being in an area where rabid animals have been does not result in a rabies exposure."
Anyone that may have been exposed to the cat between Jan. 5 and Jan. 19 should call (410) 876-4771.