Kitten In OTC Bites Three People and Tests Positive For Rabies

Kitten In OTC Bites Three People and Tests Positive For Rabies Click to Enlarge

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says an Otter Tail County kitten tested positive for rabies.

The kitten bit three people, including a 4-year-old child and a pregnant woman.

The owner of the farm where the kitten was fed reported she heard a commotion on her front porch midmorning on October 16. She saw a skunk on the porch attacking an approximately 6-month-old kitten. After separating the kitten and skunk, she recalled seeing blood and bite marks on the kitten’s rear leg.

The farm’s owner, her 4-year-old son and her pregnant sister were bitten by the kitten in early November. The kitten was then euthanized and submitted for rabies testing. Results were reported on November 12, and the kitten was confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus.

The Board of Animal Health is in the process of completing its investigation to determine the extent of exposure to domestic animals on the farm, which includes two rabies-vaccinated dogs, nine additional unvaccinated cats, beef cattle and a horse.

The Minnesota Department of Health conducted a human exposure investigation and recommended post-exposure prophylaxis for five people who may have been exposed to the rabies virus.

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