Rabid kitten found in southern York County

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a warning after a rabid kitten was found in York County.

A female seal point kitten, which was found in the 2100 block of Atom Road in Peach Bottom Township, tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, Nov. 7, according to a news release.

Anyone with a bite or significant exposure to a rabid animal, which the department defines as contact with saliva or central nervous system (CNS) fluid, should call the York County State Health Center at 717-771-4505.

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Bites, scratches or other contact in which saliva or CNS tissue enters an open wound or fresh wound or comes in contact with the mucous membranes by touching the eye, mouth or nose are considered significant exposure.

Contact with a rabid animal or an animal or object that has been in contact with a rabid animal is not significant unless a person touches saliva or CNS fluid or tissue.

Hours for the health center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center can be reached after hours at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

The department advises anyone with a pet that has been injured by this animal to contact their veterinarian for guidance on how to protect the animal, themselves and family members. 

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Pet owners are asked to make sure all of their pets are currently vaccinated against rabies so that other animals in the area are protected against developing rabies.

The department also advises avoiding contact with all wild or stray animals, especially bats, raccoons, foxes and skunks.