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Rabies in France (Public Health England, November 1 2013)

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  • Rabies in France (Public Health England, November 1 2013)

    [Source: Public Health England, full page: (LINK). Edited.]

    Rabies in France

    Organisation: Public Health England / Page history: Published <ABBR>1 November 2013 / </ABBR>Topics: Public health and Public safety and emergencies / World location: France

    Authorities in France have reported that a kitten has been diagnosed and confirmed with rabies.

    The kitten was found on 25 October 2013 in the town of Argentueil, Val d?Oise, to the northwest of Paris. See a detailed map of the location. The kitten died on 28 October 2013. It was about two months old, and white, black and tan in colour.

    Public Health officials are currently in the process of identifying and risk assessing all those who may have had contact with the kitten or its mother between 8 and 28 October 2013, and also to determine if any other animals were in contact or are affected. Public Health England?s risk assessment will be updated as further information becomes available.

    France has been rabies free since 2010, when it regained this status following an incident where rabies was transmitted from an imported dog. Investigations are ongoing to determine where this kitten was infected.

    Anyone who has been bitten, licked or scratched by a kitten or cat in this area of France since 8 October 2013 is urged to seek medical advice.

    Dr David Brown, Director of the Virus Reference Department for <ABBR>PHE</ABBR> said:

    ??Those travelling to this area of France should avoid contact with wild and domestic animals. If they are licked, scratched or bitten by a wild or domestic animal they should wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and seek urgent medical advice either in France, or on their return from their <ABBR>GP</ABBR> or NHS Direct.??

    Health protection advice on rabies in France


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    Re: Rabies in France (Public Health England, November 1 2013)


    Ten treated in France after kitten dies of rabies
    Posted on 2013-11-02 10:38:52

    MONITORING DESK PARIS: Ten people would be preventatively treated for rabies after coming into contact with a kitten that died of the disease, which is potentially deadly to humans, French authorities said Friday...

    ...The kitten was confirmed to have rabies, which France says has been officially eradicated from its territory since 2001. The strain of virus found had apparently stemmed from Morocco...