The Connecticut Department of Public Health is warning about a possible danger to people after a rabid kitten was found in the Southbury-Waterbury area.
Anyone who may have come into contact with and/or handled the rabid kitten is asked to seek medical attention, the DPH said Monday.
It was found in the area of the Wal-Mart off Route 69 in Waterbury at the end of May. The kitten was also at a Southbury Town Wide Tag Sale on the Town Green near ShopRite on June 3.
Most of the time, the kitten was located near the Whiskers Pet Rescue Booth at the event.
The kitten was described as a 4- to 5-week-old injured black and white kitten with a damaged nose.
The kitten died on June 8 and tested positive for rabies on June 9.
Rabies is a viral disease caused by infection of the brain and spinal cord. People can get rabies from the bite of an infected animal.
While rabies is a fatal disease once clinical signs appear, it can be prevented by thorough wound cleaning and timely medical treatment that includes administration of one dose of immune globulin (antibodies) and four doses of vaccine over two weeks.
For questions regarding human rabies exposures contact the DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program at 860-509-7994.
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