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.