Catawba County Officials Confirm Eighth Case Of Rabies For 2018

NEWTON, NC — Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the county’s eighth case of rabies so far this year.

Officials say a raccoon tested positive for rabies after being sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh. The raccoon was sent for testing after coming in contact with a Claremont resident’s dog on Tuesday.

The dog was current on rabies vaccinations, according to officials, and received a booster shortly after the incident occurred.

Seven other cases have been confirmed in Catawba County this year. Those cases occurred in Maiden, Vale, Newton, Hickory and Sherrills Ford.