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FOR RELEASE: June 20, 2002
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Kittens Found

All three kittens that were littermates of a kitten that tested positive for rabies have been located, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this morning. The kittens had been offered for adoption in the parking lot of an Edmond Wal-Mart Supercenter last Saturday afternoon.

State health officials were concerned about human exposure to the three kittens that may have been exposed to rabies from contact with their littermate or a rabid skunk that had bitten their littermate.

Following yesterday’s announcement to attempt to locate the kittens, the Oklahoma State Department of Health received numerous phone calls from the public who were concerned about kittens and puppies adopted from other store parking lots in the Oklahoma City area.

“Our efforts to prevent additional human exposure to rabies were focused only on the three kittens adopted at the Edmond location at the specified time and date. However, we encourage the public to make it a practice to take a new pet to their veterinarian within two to three days for an initial health examination,” said Dr. Kristy Bradley, State Public Health Veterinarian.

Oklahoma state law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be immunized against rabies by or under the supervision of a veterinarian by the age of 4 months. Health officials recommend that horses and valuable livestock also be vaccinated against rabies.

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