Kitten tests positive for rabies in Cochise County

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:43 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:44 PM MST
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COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Several months ago a skunk tested positive for rabies, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office at a property south of Sierra Vista off of San Mateo and now the county has its first domestic animal with the virus.

CCSO and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife returned to the area where the skunk was found and trapped several feral cats and a kitten.  According to a recent CCSO release the animals were tested for rabies due to their proximity to the rabid skunk and the kitten was found to be positive for the rabies virus.

The resident at the location had repeated contact with the kitten and is undergoing rabies vaccinations.

The last time Arizona had a cat that tested positive for rabies was 2009 in Tumacacori, Santa Cruz County, before that there were cases in 1987 in Tombstone, and 1957 in Willcox.

CCSO will continue to trap cats in the immediate vicinity of San Mateo and surrounding areas, each will be tested for the rabies virus.

Officials also want to remind pet owners to have their animals vaccinated against the rabies virus.

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