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Fourteenth Case of Rabies Confirmed in Catawba County

Fourteenth Case of Rabies Confirmed in Catawba County

December 31, 2018

Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the fourteenth case of rabies in the county this year. Previous cases reported this year by Catawba County occurred in Maiden, Vale, Newton, Hickory, Sherrills Ford and Claremont.

On December 19, Animal Services responded to a call from a Vale resident whose dog had potential exposure to a raccoon found dead in his yard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services December 21 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The dog is currently being observed in quarantine at the Animal Services shelter while its vaccination status is being determined.

Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear and restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing, and drooling or foaming at the mouth. People who encounter an animal with any of these symptoms should avoid contact with the animal and report it to Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686. Pet owners who suspect their pet had contact with a rabid animal are also urged to call Animal Services.

Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect pets is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.