LAKE PARK, Fla. - A stray kitten found with bite wounds and taken in by a rescue person became ill and later died, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Health.
Testing by the Florida State Laboratory confirmed the kitten had rabies. The care giver has begun a series of rabies shots as advised by Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County.
According to Animal Care and Control, the kitten was found near Lake Park in the 9000 block of Old Dixie Highway.
A person captured the kitten and turned it over to a veterinarian for help. The vet then gave the kitten to a rescue person for continued care, but the kitten got progressively worse and died.
While in care, the animal bit the person, prompting a preventive rabies vaccine to be issued.
Florida Health Palm Beach County continues to investigate others that may have been exposed to this kitten.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be prevented but not cured. The virus attacks the nerves and brain tissue of warm blooded animals including people. If exposed, individuals must begin a series of rabies shots within 10 days of exposure to maximize prevention of the disease.
All citizens in Palm Beach County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in this area. Animal Care and Control has placed informational flyers in the neighborhoods where the bite took place.
Reminders For Pet Owners
Contact Florida Health Palm Beach County, www.pbchd.com , 561-840-4500.
Animals exhibiting signs of sickness and aggressive behavior should be reported to Animal Care and Control at 561-233-1200.
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