Rabid kitten scratches person in north Houston County

July 6, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- A stray kitten that scratched a person in north Houston County tested positive for rabies Friday, according to a news release from the county health department.

The kitten, which had been acting strangely, scratched the person on the right hand Thursday when he picked it up. The kitten was euthanized and sent for tests at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, where it tested positive for rabies, the news release stated. The incident happened on Collins Avenue near the intersection with Wilson Drive.

The person is receiving post rabies exposure shots.

Also this summer, a fox, which later tested positive for rabies, attacked a man in Perry. A person in north Warner Robins also was attacked by a fox. Although the fox was not found for testing, post-exposure rabies shots were given.

“Everyone needs to be aware that foxes and other wild animals are very active during this time of year,” the news release states. “Please pay special attention when you see wild animals during the daytime hours as this is not normal behavior.”

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