- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - State health officials say Mississippi’s first confirmed case of animal rabies since 1961 has been found in Starkville.

The state Health Department says Wednesday that rabies was found in a small black-and-white wild kitten.

The kitten’s brain tissue was tested at a public health laboratory, and the disease was confirmed.

A Health Department news release says exposures to the rabid cat were reported in downtown Starkville and in a remote area around developed parts of the Thad Cochran Research Park near Mississippi State University.

The release says anyone who might have been bitten or scratched by a feral black-and-white cat in either of these areas within the past 10 days should immediately contact a health care provider and the Health Department’s Office of Epidemiology at 601-576-7725.

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