According to the Oneida County Health Department, a kitten tested positive for rabies in the city of Rome.
The kitten was sent to the Health Department’s Wadsworth Central Laboratory in Albany for testing on Thursday and a positive result was reported on Friday, according to Rome Sentinel.
Many adults and pets have come into contact with the kitten and are receiving appropriate treatment, Oneida County Health Department officials said. No further information was given about the kitten or how people and other animals interacted.
The Department of Health has given the following advice on rabies and animals ̵1; including pets:
* Signs of rabies include: Animal has strange behavior; animals act frantically; the animal is shy – the animal may be unusually close; and drooling or effervescence from the mouth.
* If one sees an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, they should not go near it and stay away. If any of the animals behave strangely, call your local animal control staff for help.
* People are encouraged not to go near animals they don’t know about. To ensure pet safety and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers year-round Rabies Immunization Clinics in a variety of community locations.
Recommended vaccination for pets:
• All cats, dogs and weasels three months of age and older should be vaccinated against rabies currently, even if they are indoors.
• Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age, one year, and then every three years.
• Mink must be vaccinated against rabies every year.