AUGUSTA, Maine — Three family members in Oxford County will receive rabies treatments over the next 28 days after being bitten by a rabid kitten.

The Maine Center for Disease Control says the kitten tested positive for rabies this month after being taken into the family’s home on Aug. 28. The kitten also attacked the family dog, which was up to date on its vaccination. The dog received a booster and is under quarantine.

Maine CDC Director Dora Ann Mills says it’s especially important for people to have pets vaccinated and to report stray animals to proper authorities.

So far in 2009, a total of 42 rabid animals have been identified in Maine. This includes 22 raccoons, 10 skunks, six foxes, three bats and one cat.