2012-09-13 / News

Island kitten tests positive for rabies

The state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management recently reported that a kitten collected from Jamestown in the vicinity of Highland Drive and Fort Wetherill State Park that has died has tested positive for rabies. The kitten was adopted by a Jamestown resident in August. DEM is attempting to determine if other cats or kittens from the colony in Fort Wetherill have also been adopted.

Based on reports, the cat had been part of a colony of feral cats. It is not known if other cats in the colony are exhibiting signs of rabies but it must be assumed that all cats in the colony may have been exposed to rabies and therefore are potentially infected.

According to state veterinarian Scott Marshall, this particular rabies case is of concern because the kitten came from an area in which other nonvaccinated animals and people may have been exposed. Those people may not be aware that they or their animals have been exposed to rabies.

Anyone who may have had contact with feral cats in this area should contact the Department of Health for evaluation of their risk at 222-2577 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those with domestic animals that may have had contact with cats or kittens in this colony should call the Jamestown Police Department at 423-1212. All dogs, cats and ferrets are required by state law to have current vaccination against rabies.

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