HUBLERSBURG – After the death of two HIV-positive wild kittens who died earlier this month, the Straley Large Animal Veterinary Clinic announced that individuals or other cats and kittens had been exposed to them during the past three months. last four weeks.
If you think that their kittens or kittens may have been exposed to these kittens, owners should contact Jennifer Johnson of PA's Department of Agriculture at 717-443-1181 and Lori Eckberg of the Central Health Department. County of 814-865-0932. .
The kittens that lived around the clinic were found around June 1 by an employee of the veterinary clinic. A kitten was orange and white and wore a wound of unknown origin on the head. The other kitten, a brown tabby, looked healthy.
The orange and white kitten has been treated and monitored for 10 to 15 days. During this period, the kitten began to show neurological signs and died later, the clinic said. The brown tabby was also absorbed and placed under rabies observation for 10-15 days. During this time, the tabby demonstrated paralysis of the back leg which then spread to the anterior legs, which began to limp. Shortly after, the kitten started hypersalivation and died alone, the clinic said.
Both kittens were tested for rabies and were found positive on June 12 by the Pennsylvania veterinary laboratory in Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania law requires all non-feral dogs and cats aged three months or older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccines should be administered periodically to maintain immunity for life. Failure to comply with this law may result in a fine of up to $ 300.