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CANTON | Rabid kitten bites vet, dies
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CANTON, Ga. -- A stray kitten that was taken in by a couple Good Samaritans has tested positive for rabies and died, but not before biting the hand that fed it.

According to North Georgia Health District officials, a young Canton woman found the gray-striped kitten near a Starbucks on the 1300 block of Riverstone Parkway last week. 

She took it home on Thursday, then in for a check up with veterinarian on Friday. The vet said the cat appeared to be in good health and took the cat into her own home in Lumpkin County on Saturday.

While the kitten was there, it bit the vet twice after being startled by her dogs.  

On Sunday, the vet found the cat dead. 

This week, the Georgia Public Health Lab determined the cat had rabies. 

Anyone who may have come into contact with the cat is now being urged to visit their healthcare provider or a local health office to be tested for rabies. Although it's rare, rabies can be transmitted without an actual bite, and it can be deadly if it is not treated. 

Also, the area where the kitten was found is under investigation. Health officials said two months earlier, a package carrier was bitten by a rabid raccoon in the same vacinity.

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