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9:54 am
Fri July 26, 2013

DEM Fears Spread of Rabies Following Bite By Calf

A young calf has died of mysterious causes next to a popular Rhode Island ice cream stand.  Anyone who may have touched the animal is being urged to contact health officials.  

Gray's Ice Cream, in Tiverton.  A Massachusetts resident sustained a bite from a calf in pasture nearby.
Gray's Ice Cream, in Tiverton. A Massachusetts resident sustained a bite from a calf in pasture nearby.
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Earlier this month in a small pasture next to Gray’s ice cream shop in Tiverton, a Massachusetts resident was bitten by a three-month old steer, named Oreo.

The calf was quarantined; for fear that it might have rabies.

Just ten days later the animal died.

The Department of Environmental Management was unable to test for rabies, but rabies is a possible cause of death.

Gray’s Ice Cream is a busy shop and health officials worry many people may have touched the animal. They’re asking anyone who did to contact them immediately.

It’s rare for rabies to pass from a cow to a human, but authorities say it is possible. Rabies can be fatal if left untreated.

Editor's note: The story has been corrected to make rabies a possible cause of the calf's death.

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