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Peculiar residents treated after being bitten by a kitten with rabies

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Multiple people are being treated after they were bitten by a kitten that had rabies. (KCTV5) Multiple people are being treated after they were bitten by a kitten that had rabies. (KCTV5)
PECULIAR, MO (KCTV) -

Multiple people are being treated after they were bitten by a kitten that had rabies. 

The Cass County Health Department said a small kitten, six to seven weeks old, was found in Peculiar, MO. The kitten tested positive for rabies. 

The health department is warning any Peculiar resident who has had contact with stray kittens or cats in the area of 227th Street and Knight Terrace to contact a doctor immediately. 

The kitten was found about three weeks ago, according to the county. 

Below is information provided by the health department to help prevent rabies: 

•    Ensure dogs, cats, and ferrets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. The effectiveness of animal vaccines is the main reason for the nationwide decline in rabies cases among people and domestic animals. 
•    Keep pets under control; do not allow them to run loose. 
•    Avoid contact with stray pets and wild animals; do not keep wild animals as pets. 
•    Report wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior or stray pets to law enforcement officials. 
•    Personal pets should not be handled without protection directly after being exposed to wildlife due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. 

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