The case of the dangerous stray
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
It was a stray kitten – bright, alert, and very hungry and thirsty. Teammates who found it at a girls’ softball tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, adopted it. And when it started to act unusually tired and sleepy, someone brought it to a vet.
It turned out the kitten had rabies. And everyone who could have caught rabies from the kitten had to get vaccinations. It was a multistate investigation.
At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Kira Christian says there’s a lesson here about strays:
``If you were to come into contact with a stray, or un-owned, or otherwise unfamiliar animal, then what I would recommend is to call animal control.’’ (7 seconds)
People, especially kids, should not be playing with or petting strays. And even if it’s familiar, that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.
Last revised: May 7, 2011