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Travel: Rabies in France

A kitten has been diagnosed with rabies in the northwest of Paris, in the first confirmed case of the infection since 2009.

On 25 October 2013, in the town of Argentueil, Val d'Oise, northwest of Paris a kitten was found which had a confirmed case of rabies. 

It was about two months old with white, black and tan colouring. 

Public health officials are currently identifying and risk assessing all those who may have had contact with the kitten or its mother between 8 October and 28 October. 

Investigations are underway 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 Public Health England said: “Those travelling to this area of France should avoid contact with wild or 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 GP or NHS Direct.”