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1/10/2022 4:33:00 PM
First Confirmed Rabies Cases Of 2022

Lincoln Herald Staff
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On Thursday January 6, 2022 at 10:49 p.m. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement answered a call for service in the 2600 Block of Winterfield Drive Gastonia, NC 28056. The caller advised their dogs fought a raccoon in their yard.

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident. The raccoon was tested for rabies at the State of North Carolina Virology lab. On Monday January 10, 2022 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.

The adult dogs at the address, 2600 Block of Winterfield Drive Gastonia, NC 28056, that were exposed to rabies was vaccinated and received a rabies booster shot.

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvas in the area of Winterfield Drive Gastonia, NC 28056 to notify the community of the positive rabies result and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area. Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement also notified the Gaston County Department Health and Human Services so they could complete a follow up investigation.

The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Unit stresses the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of animal owners and community.

This represents the first confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

Also on Thursday, the Cleveland County Health Department was notified of a skunk that tested positive for rabies. The animal was found on Plantation Drive in Kings Mountain. 



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