Kitten tests positive for rabies in York County

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- The Peninsula Health District is alerting residents of a kitten that tested positive for rabies near Valor Court. 

The rabid animal was described as a 10-12 week old black kitten. 

The kitten was part of a litter of feral kittens and their mother. They were found near Queens Lake Middle School. 

If you have had any contact with this kitten, including a bite, scratch, saliva in or near an open wound, eyes, nose, or mouth, contact the Health Department at (757) 603-4277. People can also be exposed to the rabies virus through contact with a pet who has touched the rabid animal. 

Anyone trying to contact the Health Department after hours, should call (757) 890-3601. 

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease. The Health District would like to remind everyone to vaccinate their pets, report all exposures to animals, and to enjoy wildlife from a distance. 

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