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First Case of Rabies Confirmed in Catawba County in 2018

First Case of Rabies Confirmed in Catawba County in 2018

March 29, 2018

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

On March 27, Catawba County Animal Services received a call from a citizen in Maiden whose dog attacked a raccoon in his front yard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on March 29 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

In accordance with the North Carolina Rabies Compendium, Animal Services officers advised the citizen to provide a rabies booster for the dog which was not current on its rabies vaccination. The owner is required 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.

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