(Waterbury, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – The state Department of Public Health is out with a rabies alert.

DPH is advising residents in the Waterbury/Southbury area about possible rabies exposure.

The department is advising anyone who may have come into contact with a 4-week old injured kitten in the area of the Route 69 Wal-Mart between May 15 and May 29 to seek medical advice.

The feline died Thursday and tests for rabies came back positive Friday.

DPH reminds citizens that any contact with a rabid animal should be dealt with immediately. That includes thorough cleaning of a wound if bitten, a dose of immune globulin, and four doses of vaccine over two weeks.

Those with questions about this case can contact the DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program at (860) 509-7994.


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