A kitten has tested positive for rabies in the city of Rome, according to an announcement by the Oneida County Health Department.
The kitten was sent to the Wadsworth State Laboratory of Health Laboratory in Albany for testing on Thursday, and positive results were reported on Friday, according to the Rome Sentinel.
Many adults and pets were exposed to the kitten, and are receiving proper treatment, Oneida County Health Department officials said. No further information was given about the kitten or how other humans and animals were exposed.
The Department of Health issued the following advice on rabies and pets ̵1; including pets:
* Signs of rabies include: Animals that act strangely; crazy animal action; timid animal action – the animal may approach unusually; and nodding or foaming at the mouth.
* If anyone sees an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, he should not approach it and stay away. If any animals are acting strangely, call a local animal control officer for help.
* Residents are strongly urged not to approach animals they do not know. For the safety of pets and the comfort of county residents, the Oneida County Department of Health offers Rabies Vaccination Clinics year-round at various community locations.
Vaccination recommendations for pets:
• All cats, dogs and cats aged three months or older should have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay indoors.
• Dogs and cats should receive a rabies vaccination at 3 months, one year, and then once every three years.
• Hell should get a rabies vaccine every year.