Rabid Kitten Found to Have Been in Southbury and Waterbury, Authorities Issue Warning
Kittens. So very cute, until they're not. Authorities are issuing a warning about rabies in Connecticut.
I've had cats most of my life. I also have a long time friend that ran a rescue from her home, often keeping almost 100 felines at any given time. She took numerous precautions, but sometimes there were issues with the fur babies. Warnings need to be heeded, just like this one.
The Connecticut Public Health Department has issued a warning about a kitten that was first discovered in the area of the Waterbury Walmart between May 15-May 29. Sadly this kitten died on June 8 and the discovery of it being infected with rabies occurred on June 9.
The DPH updated their press release to include an event in Southbury as a possible location of contact, as well as Waterbury.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Pomperaug Health District today updated the public health notice that was issued on Saturday, June 10th regarding a rabid kitten first found in the area of the Wal-Mart off of Rt. 69 in Waterbury. DPH is now advising anyone who may have handled the 4-5 week-old injured Black and White kitten with a damaged nose, at the Southbury, CT Town Wide Tag Sale on June 3, 2017 to seek medical advice. The Tag Sale was at the Southbury Green (ShopRite) located at 775 Main Street, South in Southbury, CT. It is believed that most of the time the kitten was located near the Whiskers Pet Rescue Booth.
If you have any questions about human rabies exposures you can call the DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program at 860-509-7994.