Rabies has been confirmed in feral cats found in North Conway, New Hampshire

Rabies has been confirmed in feral cats found in North Conway, New Hampshire

Two stray kittens were found this month in North Conway infected with rabies, and New Hampshire health officials are trying to locate anyone who had contact with them. The Department of Health and Human Services said a concerned citizen picked up one of the kittens and took it to the Conway Area Humane Society. Two veterinary clinics cared for the cat before it showed symptoms of rabies on November 11. She tested positive on November 13. The second cat tested positive on Nov. 16, and health officials said the investigation is continuing to identify anyone who may have it. “Rabies is a fatal but preventable disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist. “Rabies is commonly spread in wild animals, and each year, 20-30 animals test positive for rabies in New Hampshire. The best way to prevent exposure is to avoid direct contact with stray, feral, or wild animals. If a person is exposed to rabies if If an animal is sick, it may need a rabies vaccine and protective antibodies to prevent the disease. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system. It is transmitted when the saliva of an infected animal comes into direct contact with broken skin or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. Usually when a person or pet is scratched or bitten. If a person or pet has not yet received proper medical care when exposed to rabies, the virus can infect the brain, cause neurological symptoms and eventually lead to death. Human infection is extremely rare in the United States. Preventive treatment is recommended for people who have been exposed. All dogs, cats, and ferrets should receive up-to-date rabies vaccinations. It is also recommended that some types of livestock receive rabies vaccines. Anyone who has questions about rabies or is concerned that they may have been exposed to an animal should A person infected with rabies should seek medical care or call the New Hampshire Office of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

Two stray cats were found this month in North Conway infected with rabies, and New Hampshire health officials are trying to locate anyone who had contact with them.

The Department of Health and Human Services said a concerned citizen picked up one of the kittens and took her to the Conway Area Humane Society. Two veterinary clinics cared for the cat before it showed symptoms of rabies on November 11. She tested positive on November 13.

The second cat tested positive on November 16, and health officials said the investigation is continuing to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

“Rabies is a fatal but preventable disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist. “Rabies is commonly spread in wild animals, and each year, 20-30 animals test positive for rabies in New Hampshire. The best way to prevent exposure is to avoid direct contact with stray, feral, or wild animals. If a person is exposed to rabies a sick animal “He may need a rabies vaccine and protective antibodies to prevent the disease.”

Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system. It is transmitted when an infected animal’s saliva comes into direct contact with broken skin or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, usually when a person or pet is scratched or bitten.

If a person or pet does not receive proper medical care after exposure to rabies, the virus can infect the brain, cause neurological symptoms and ultimately lead to death. Human infection is extremely rare in the United States, and prophylaxis is recommended for people who have been exposed.

All dogs, cats, and ferrets should have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. It is also recommended that some types of livestock receive rabies vaccines.

Anyone who has questions about rabies or is concerned that they may have been exposed to a rabid animal should seek medical care or call the New Hampshire Office of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

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