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New York City Seal Press Release

New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene

Office of Communications
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/ANdrew Tucker
Monday, November 25, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


Second Kitten Found; DOHMH Still Urging Anyone who May Have Had Contact with Kittens From 1714 University Avenue to Call 212-POISONS (212-764-7667)

As part of an investigation that began last week, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that a second kitten obtained from a 99-Cent Discount Store at 1714 University Avenue in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx was found and is currently being monitored for rabies. This second kitten was determined to be from the same litter as the first kitten that tested positive for rabies last week.

The second kitten has shown no signs of rabies thus far and the owner of this kitten is not currently receiving preventive rabies treatment. However, four individuals known to have been bitten or scratched by the first kitten last week are receiving preventive rabies treatment. None of these individuals have developed symptoms of rabies, and there have been no reports of any other individuals with rabies symptoms associated with these animals.

As other kittens from this litter are still considered at high risk for rabies, anyone who may have come into contact with kittens at 1714 University Avenue since September 2002 - including the owner, employees and patrons of the establishment - should call DOHMH's Poison Control Center immediately at 212-POISONS (212-764-7667), or for Spanish speakers 212-VENENOS (212-836-3667), to determine whether treatment is necessary.