A Pap test was administered at least two times during the summer months of 2011, when a woman in Vancouver was bitten by a rabid dog and was hospitalized with multiple puncture wounds and a concussion.
But the results were not immediately released.
The Vancouver Sun reports that the tests came back positive for Bordetella pertussis, a virus that can cause severe illness in children.
It’s not clear how the tests were conducted or who ordered them, and they are not yet known whether the woman had a history of infections.
The tests were done by an unidentified veterinarian, who performed the test under supervision of a veterinarian who was not associated with the dog’s owner.
The results were reported in late July.
“This is an extremely rare and isolated case,” Dr. Daniel Ting, the chief medical officer of the British Columbia Ministry of Health, said in a statement at the time.
“In the unlikely event this is a new, unanticipated case of Bordetellosis, it will require a full assessment of the underlying infection and testing for the presence of Bordenites.”
The tests were carried out by the Vancouver Humane Society, which is working with the Vancouver Animal Services, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the case.
Vancouver’s mayor has vowed to do all she can to eradicate the disease.