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Six People Undergoing Rabies Treatment After Exposed to Rabid Kitten

NEW PORT RICHEY (PASCO) – Health Department Officials say six people are undergoing precautionary treatment, after they were exposed to a kitten that tested positive for rabies.

According to officials, 4 kittens were found in the parking lot of the 7700 block of Congress Street on October 10th. After two months, one of the kittens began to display signs aggressive behavior towards its 3 siblings. The kitten later died and tested positive for rabies. The remaining siblings were euthanized as a precaution, according to Health Department Representative, Melissa Watts.

Six family members who were exposed to the rabid kitten are undergoing post-exposure treatment at this time.

Watts tells RNRF that they are still evaluating the isolated incident and have not yet issued a warning to the community.

Rabies affects the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals, including humans. The only treatment to human exposure, say officials, is a specific immune globulin and rabies immunization.

Health Department Officials recommend the following to prevent infection and spread of the disease.*  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 your local Animal Services Office 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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  • Well the cats and other animals are one thing, but we need treatment for the rabbid PEOPLE here in pacos county ! Can we put them down ? We sure need to. Between moonlake, holiday, scudson, scummy hills, crystal springs and all the other crap areas…we got thousands of em’

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:35 am
    • You ever notice they never leave their children or abandon them?? Reason being the government gives cash incentives, food stamps etc to keep kids. That is alot of their meal ticket to free rent, utilities, etc. !! I think we should spay/neuter them to stop the generations from perpetuating the cycle of living off the government generation after generation.

      Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:52 pm
      • And they have a bunch of kids of course….but they leave them all the time brother, while they go to the bar or hit the pipe lol

        Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12:41 am
  • Hmmm, rabies just several mutation’ s away from being a deadly virus that could spread so fast and end civilization as we know it.. Zombie apocalypse here we come…

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 5:43 am
    • That is why i have been hoarding ammo for years lol

      Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12:41 am
  • they killed the other kittens but we have wild coyote running around our neighborhood chasing our children and cant get anyone to come out and trap them

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 8:17 pm
    • Trap the wild rabbid coyotes. Really ? Who the hell is going to do that ? SHOOT THEM BASTARDS

      Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:26 am
  • Hope yall 👌!!!!!

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 6:35 pm
  • Cats and dogs and meth o my….😻😸🙀🐢🐢🐢🐢🐶🐺🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 6:35 pm
  • Perhaps we should round up every cat around and do away with them? Anyone who says yes should be rounded up instead. If you find strays like that and you want to bring them home, the vet should come FIRST before you risk the lives of your loved ones. And if you can’t afford the vet, leave the babies to the authorities.

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 5:49 pm
    • We will build a wall, and we will make the cats pay for it!

      Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 10:00 pm
      • China did and they eat cat…..

        Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:22 am
      • OMG THATS HILARIOUS !

        Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:30 am
  • I always cringe when I see people let little kids touching And picking up stray cats And it’s unfortunate so many counties have a feral cat problem and nothing is really done about it

    Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 12:56 pm
    • Lena w. , the problem is THE OWNERS WHO REFUSE TO SPAY OR NEUTER. ALSO PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER ANIMALS EXPENDABLE. THEY MOVE AND LEAVE ANIMALS BEHIND TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES OR DUMP THEM OFF INSTEAD OF TAKING TO ANIMAL CONTROL OR SHELTERS. There are feral cat programs that trap and spay/nueter the animals to control populations. HUMANS ARE WHAT CAUSE AND PERPETUATE THE PROBLEMS!!!I currently have 6 cats – 1 has been with me 21 plus years, the other 5 were a renters adoptees that she left behind when she moved ( 2 adults and 3 kittens). IF YOU GET AN ANIMAL YOU SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE OR DON’T GET AN ANIMAL.

      Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 3:53 pm
      • Very well said ! I concur 100% i wish we could spay and neuter the people who leave/abandon them !

        Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:28 am

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