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10/17/2017 6:57:00 AM
Catawba County Has Fourth Rabies Case Of Year

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Catawba County has confirmed the fourth case of rabies in the county this year.

On October 9th, Catawba County Animal Services received a call from a Claremont man whose dog was found chewing on a deceased raccoon in his backyard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on October 11th that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

Animal Services officers advised the owner to get the dog a booster vaccination for rabies within 96 hours of the incident and to keep the dog under observation for 45 days.

Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies. Animals that have been vaccinated, should they come in contact with or be bitten by a rabid animal, need only a booster rabies vaccination and should be OK.  

Rabies is incurable, and the only way to test an animal to see if it is rabid is to destroy the animal and test brain matter.

For more information, call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.

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