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ALERT! Pls help!

Per Lausund

Staff member
This was just posted on If there is any way at all you can find someone who may know, or spread the news, pls help doing just that!

Published Date: 2012-11-24 08:20:55
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies - USA: (CT) cat, human exposure. urgent alert
Archive Number: 20121124.1422505
A ProMED-mail post
ProMED-mail is a program of the
International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: Wed 21 Nov 2012

Source: CBS Connecticut [edited]

Health Authorities Try To Identify Woman Exposed To Rabies

Health authorities are posting an urgent notice as they try to trace a woman bitten by a cat in Chaplin, Connecticut about two weeks ago. The cat has since died, and a necropsy found it suffered from rabies.

Director Robert Miller of the Eastern Highlands Health District says the woman was driving on South Bear Hill Road, with at least one child in her vehicle. It was after 5 p.m. around November 8th, but because it was dark, the witness did not have more of a description than that. The car was travelling between Cross Road and Canada Lane. The woman had picked the cat up from the road, and told the witness it bit her.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus present in the saliva of infected animals. It has been about two weeks since the woman was bitten, and he says typically symptoms show up three weeks to six weeks after exposure.

Miller says it is urgent that treatment begin before symptoms appear. After that it is almost invariably fatal.

Anyone who knows who the woman could be is asked to call the health district

at (860) 234 6975.

Communicated by:

ProMED-mail correspondent Susan Baekeland

[Chaplin is a town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States. Anyone with information should react immediately and contact the Health Department at (860) 234 6975 . Sixteen days have passed since the woman was bitten by the rabid cat. Prophylactic treatment must be given immediately as the minimum expected incubation period for rabies virus infection is nearing its end. - Mod.CP

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Per Lausund

Staff member
Just bumping this one! Anyone anywhere near the place? The lady may have talked to cat-loving friends about this. She needs to be found before any symptoms develop, the chance of her being infected is between 50-80%. Treatment before symptoms gives her an 80-90% chance of surviving.