A Gloucester Township, New Jersey family thought they were rescuing a sick kitten, but instead took in a rabid animal.
The family found the kitten on their property on January 1. They brought it into their house in hopes of nursing it back to health. But sadly, the cat died the next day.
Animal control picked up the kitten and as part of standard procedure, had it tested for rabies. The tests came back positive and the Camden County Department of Health was notified.
Since the entire family was exposed to the kitten, they're receiving rabies prophylaxis. The family's two dogs may have also been exposed, but are vaccinated. They're still being treated by their veterinarian as a precaution.
“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “If you have been bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”