Seventh Rabies Case Confirmed In Catawba County

UPDATE:

NEWTON, N.C. — Another skunk has tested positive for rabies in Catawba County.

On Friday, July 20, Catawba County confirmed the seventh case of rabies in the county this year. Previous cases reported this year by Catawba County Animal Services occurred in Maiden, Vale, Newton and Hickory.

A Sherills Ford resident called Catawba County Animal Services after the resident’s cat had a fight with a skunk exhibiting abnormal behavior. The skunk  was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on Thursday, July 24 that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The cat was current on its rabies vaccine and received a rabies booster shortly after the incident occurred. Per state vaccination guidelines, animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.

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.

Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear, restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing and drooling or foaming at the mouth. The best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.

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

 

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UPDATE:

NEWTON, N.C. – On Thursday July 12, Catawba County confirmed the sixth case of rabies in the county so far this year.

Animal Services received a call on Sunday, July 8 from a Newton resident who saw a skunk become exposed by three horses, two miniature ponies and two donkeys in the pastures where they were confined on his property.

The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on July 11 that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

Animal Services is confirming the vaccination status of the animals and advising the resident on appropriate follow-up care as needed.

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.

Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear, restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing and drooling or foaming at the mouth. The best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.

Call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686 for more information.

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VALE, NC — On Monday, Catawba County officials confirmed the fifth case of rabies in their county so far this year.

Officials say a dog owner contacted animal services on July 3rd after their pet came in contact with a raccoon exhibiting “abnormal behavior.” The raccoon was sent for rabies testing at the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which came back positive Monday.

The dog was up-to-date on rabies vaccinations, officials say, and the owner provided a booster shot within 96 hours after exposure.

Anyone with additional questions about rabies vaccinations, symptoms or prevention can contact Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.