The York City Bureau of Health has announced an alert to the public concerning the discovery of a rabid stray kitten in the 300 block of East Philadelphia Street in York City.
Given the nature of roaming stray cats, more kittens and cats may also be involved.
The general public must take extreme caution to avoid any wild animals that may be exhibiting unusual behaviors.
Rabies is a fatal viral disease affecting the nervous system. It is usually transmitted via the saliva of an infected animal to other animals, including humans. There is a vaccine that can prevent the onset of rabies in exposed humans if given early enough.
According to Dr. David Hawk, Medical Director of the York City Bureau of Health, "Adults and children living and walking in the area at least two blocks east to west and two blocks north to south should be on the lookout especially for stray cats and kittens that are overly aggressive and trying to bite or scratch, as well as kittens that are timid or weak and appearing ill.
The Animal Control Officer of the York City Police Department should be contacted immediately for any abnormally behaving animal in the area by calling 911."
"I would also like to add that City residents who own dogs or cats must, according to City law, get their pets properly vaccinated for rabies," Hawk said. "The best protection against rabies is to be a responsible pet owner and have your pet cats and dogs vaccinated.