Health officials: R.I. calf who bit Mass. resident may have had rabies

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TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island health officials say anyone who had contact with a black-and-white calf in Tiverton should contact health officials because the animal may have had rabies.

The department said Thursday that the calf bit a Massachusetts resident on July 15. The animal quarantined the next day and was found dead on Sunday.

Local animal officials did not notify the state for three days after the death, however, and by that time the remains were too decomposed to test for rabies.

The calf, named Oreo, resided in a pasture next to Gray’s ice cream in Tiverton.

Officials say that anyone who had contact with the animal since July 5 should notify the health department in the state where they live.

While rabies is typically transmitted through a bite, it can also be spread through saliva.


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