HEALTH warns of Tiverton calf possibly exposed to rabies

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Dee DeQuattro

A young calf that died after biting a person in Tiverton has officials concerned that individuals may have been exposed to rabies.

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people who may have come in contact with a small calf in a pasture next to Gray's Ice Cream to contact them.

On July 15 an individual was bitten by the three-month-old calf in a pasture adjacent to 16 East Road in Tiverton. Animal control was alerted to the bite and the black-and-white steer called Oreo was place on a 10-day quarantine. On July 21, during the quarantine the steer was found dead. Officials attempted to test tissue for rabies however the animal's condition was too decomposed to conduct the test.

Officials are now reaching out to the public recommending anyone who may have been exposed to the calf's saliva between July 5 and July 21 to be evaluated for post-exposure vaccination.

The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management have alerted of another calf in the field adjacent to Gray's Ice Cream has died. This calf will be tested for rabies.

Rhode Island residents who had contact with this calf between July 5 and July 21 should contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at 222-2577.  Massachusetts residents that had contact with the animal are asked to call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800.