Kitten tests positive for rabies in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A kitten tested positive for rabies on Thursday, according to the Florida Department of Health.

At least six people were exposed to the kitten, and each of them has started receiving treatment.

The kitten was one of four found on Oct. 10 in a parking lot on Congress Street near Baldwyn Avenue.

The department tested the kitten for the rabies virus after it died after the animal displayed aggressive behavior towards the other three cats.

The kittens were about two months old when they were found, according to the Florida Department of Health. The department said the kittens were exposed to the rabies virus before they were dropped off in the parking lot.

The Florida Department of Health issued the following tips:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
  • If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  • Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals by leaving pet food outside or garbage cans open.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.
  • If you are bitten by any animal, seek care promptly. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Go to your family doctor or hospital for medical attention immediately.
  • Contact Pasco County Animal Services at (727) 834-3216, (813) 929-1212, or (352) 521-5194 to report animal bites or scratches and for information on stray dogs and cats.
  • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (863) 648-3200 for concerns about wild animals.

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