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Rabid kitten found in Waco

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A rabid kitten was found on October 9 at the intersection of North 19th St. and Park Lake Dr. in Waco.

The cat is described as a female, smoke grey kitten, that is 8-10 weeks old and weighs 1.5 lbs. Authorities say the kitten had a South Central Skunk strain of rabies, which suggests rabid skunks have been in the area.

The people who were exposed to the rabid kitten are undergoing treatments of rabies vaccinations. Anyone who may have made contact with the rabid kitten should seek medical attention.

Rabies can only be transmitted through the bite of an infectious animal or if a rabid animal's saliva makes contact with a fresh wound.

Officials are warning residents about handling stray animals. All mammals can get rabies and the virus is most notably found in skunks, bats, raccoons, coyotes and foxes, but unvaccinated domestic animals can also be infected with the virus.

People seeking more information can contact Dr. Hammad Akram with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District at 254-750-5493 or click here for additional information.

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