- Hello Jeff - The cases that we see in Promed and elsewhere
in the media are only a fraction of the total infections. Some suspected
cases don't get reported because people bury, burn or put the animal carcass
in the trash. Wildlife which dies in the forests isn't, obviously, reported
- Rabies in the US and around the globe is a growing problem
of great concern.
- Rabid Cat Put Down In Maine
- WGME 13 News
- Associated Press report (edited)
- State health officials say members of a western Maine
family who were bitten by a rabid kitten are being treated. The family
dog, which was also bitten, is getting a rabies booster.
- Officials say a stray kitten that was taken in by the
Oxford County family in late August  was found to be rabid earlier
this month after testing at the state's health laboratory. The kitten had
bitten 3 family members and their dog. The kitten has been euthanized.
- The 3 individuals bitten by the cat will receive treatment
over the next 28 days. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination, and
will be placed in a 45-day quarantine.
- So far this year, a total of 42 rabid animals have been
identified in Maine. That includes 22 raccoons, 10 skunks, six foxes, 3
bats and one cat.
- Communicated by
- ProMED-mail Rapporteur Mary Marshall
- A map of the state of Maine showing the location of Oxford
- can be accessed at:
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases"
message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also
my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai
sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health