Board of Animal Health: Kitten that bit 3 people tests positive for rabies

Board of Animal Health: Kitten that bit 3 people tests positive for rabies Photo: MGN Images

Updated: November 15, 2019 01:48 PM

A kitten that bit three people in Otter Tail County has tested positive for rabies, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. 

The board said a farm owner told them she saw a skunk on her porch attacking the 6-month-old kitten in mid-October. The farm owner said after separating the animals, she saw blood and bite marks on the kitten. 


The farm owner, her 4-year-old son and her pregnant sister were later bitten by the kitten in early November. 

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After the incidents, the kitten was euthanized and submitted for a rabies test where it tested positive for the disease. 

The board is investigating to determine the exposure of rabies to other domestic animals on the farm. 

The board also recommended post-exposure prophylaxis for five people who may have been exposed to the rabies virus. 

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