It started out with a kind-hearted softball coach picking up stray kittens from a cardboard box in a dumpster. Unfortunately, one kitten was infected with rabies. The softball coach from Buncombe County, NC, was attending a tournament with his or her team, and may have exposed the team and other players to rabies.
State health officials are looking for members of the teams across four states that attended the South Atlantic Summer Showdown softball tournament in Spartanburg County on July 14.
Officials also would like to talk with the person who put the kitten in the dumpster because of their possible exposure to the disease.
Experts said only people at the Boiling Springs recreational facility or the North Spartanburg on July 14 had any potential exposure to the kitten. They also stressed that just petting the kitten doesnâ€™t mean that a person was exposed to rabies.
The kitten was euthanized on July 15.
If you attended this tournament, please contact your local health official. Transmission of rabies does not require direct contact with the infected kitten. “The virus is in saliva, so if they had a bite or what we call a mucus membrane contact — the saliva rubbed in their eyes or [if] it got in their mouth.”
Also, if you do pick up stray animals, please take them to a shelter or veterinarian to perform a full health checkup.
(Source: WYFF4 News)