Notice regarding possible rabies exposure
POSSIBLE HUMAN RABIES EXPOSURE TO RABID KITTEN IN WATERBURY/SOUTHBURY AREA
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising anyone who may have handled a 4-week-old injured kitten in the area of the Wal-Mart off of Rt. 69 in Waterbury, between May 15th and May 29th to seek medical advice. The kitten died on June 8th and tested positive for rabies on June 9th.
Rabies is a viral disease primarily of animals caused by infection of the brain and spinal cord. People 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 4 doses of vaccine over 2 weeks.
For questions regarding human rabies exposures contact the DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program at 860-509-7994.
Content Last Modified on 6/12/2017 9:41:21 AM