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Oakland County Health Division confirms rabies in stray kitten

The Oakland County Health Division has confirmed a case of rabies in a stray kitten found in the Rochster Hills / Troy area.

Rabies is spread through bites and scratches, and the Health Division is urging residents to stay away from wild or stray animals.

Officials are asking residents to report any wild animals spotted acting strangely to the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center at (248)391-4102. If bitten by a wild animal, or an animal unknown to you, wash the affected area with soap and water, seek medical attention, and report the bite to the Health Division at (248)858-1286.

“Rabies is most often found in bats,” Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services Director Kathy Forzley said in a statement. “The last animals, other than a bat, to have a confirmed case of rabies in Oakland County were skunks in 2012.”

To prevent rabies, the Health Division recommends:

• Have your pets vaccinated regularly.

• Do not handle stray, wild or dead animals.

• Call animal control experts if an animal is acting strangely.

• Keep pets indoors or supervised.

• Do not feed or put water for pets outside, and keep garbage securely covered.

Rabies is most commonly found in skunks, bats, foxes and raccoons. More information can be found at oakgov.com/health.

Article source: http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/oakland-county-health-division-confirms-rabies-in-stray-kitten/article_30b83bd8-c1cc-519d-9c89-2d8dd4a67617.html

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