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Catawba County Confirms Third Rabies Case of 2018

Catawba County Confirms Third Rabies Case of 2018

May 14, 2018

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

On May 9, the Catawba County Communications Center received a call from a citizen in Hickory whose dog was involved in an altercation with a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on May 14 that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The dog was current on its rabies vaccine. Per state vaccination guidelines, Catawba County Animal Services advised the owner to provide a rabies booster to the dog within 96 hours of the incident.

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.

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