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Pennsylvania Department Of Health Confirms Rabies In Williamsport Stray Kitten

Kitten found has tested positive for Rabies in Pennsylvania.

Electron micrograph of the rabies virus

Photo courtesty of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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An abandoned kitten found last month in Williamsport, Lycomin County has tested positive for rabies, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced today.

The kitten was found on May 26. The department urges anyone who may have been bitten or exposed to saliva, fluids or tissue from the cat contact the Northcentral district office at (570)327-3400.  Residents can also call (877)724-3258.

Anyone with a pet that may have come in contact with the rabid cat should contact a veterinarian for information about how to protect the animal, as well as warning family members.

Exposure includes a bite wound, scratch or having contact with saliva, nervous system fluid or tissue from an animal enter an open wound or mucous membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth. Under these circumstances, individuals should seek immediate medical attention.

The department also reminds all residents that they should avoid contact with all feral animals as rabies can be difficult to detect. All animals that can be vaccinated, including cats, dogs and ferrets – should be given the vaccine to protect them in case they are ever exposed to a rabid animal.

This is the second rabies report in the June for Pennsylvania.

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See related story: Philadelphia Beaver Confirmed To Have Rabies

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