Investigation continues after Wisconsin Rapids kitten test positive for rabies
The Wood County Health Department is awaiting results of type testing to determine the source of the animal that infected a kitten with rabies.
The kitten was found as a stray on the 2400 block of Ranger Road near 28th in the Town of Saratoga earlier this month. The kitten had been living with a family. The family was advised to seek preventative treatment.
The kitten was found Sept. 1. The animal was taken in by a different family on Pioneer Drive on Sept. 3. Anyone with information about a mother cat with a litter of kittens seen in this area around this date is asked to call the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911.
A spokeswoman for the health department said type testing will help the access the risk. If the source is a bat, the rabies is likely an isolated incident. However, if it is from a skunk is likely the whole litter may have been affected. Signs of infection include aggression and neurological problems like drooling.
Rabies is deadly. Anyone who may have had direct contact with the kitten needs to start treatment to prevent rabies as soon as possible.