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Tests show no rabies in second dead calf

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By Tiffany Choquette

tchoquette@abc6.com

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TIVERTON, RI-  Testing done on a second calf that died in Tiverton on Friday rules out rabies.  However, the cause of death for the calf is still pending.

The death of the second calf came a day after health officials urged anyone who had contact with a three month old black and white steer named Oreo, to contact either the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management.

On July 15, a Massachusetts resident was bitten by Oreo in a pasture near Gray's Ice Cream Shop on East Road in Tiverton.  Animal control was alerted to the bite and the calf was placed on a 10-day quarantine.  The calf was found dead on July 21st.  Because the DEM was not notified of the death for three days, the animal's tissue was too decomposed to test for rabies.

Now the state is reaching out to anyone who may have been exposed to the calf's saliva between July 5 and July 21 to be evaluated for post-exposure vaccination.

Both calves lived in a field behind Gray's Ice Cream Shop on East Road in Tiverton.

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.

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