Health Officials Confirm Mecklenburg County’s 13th Case Of Rabies For 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC — CMPD Animal Care & Control says the Mecklenburg County Health Department has confirmed the county’s 13th case of rabies for 2019.

According to officials, a cat found in the Orr Road area of north Charlotte tested positive for rabies. The cat reportedly came in contact with one domesticated dog, which was current on its rabies vaccine at the time of exposure, and two people.

Officials say the dog was given a rabies vaccination booster within the 96-hour time frame.

So far this year, 13 animals have tested positive for rabies in Mecklenburg County. Below is a breakdown of the animals and their locations:

  • 2 — Skunks: 28031
  • 7 — Raccoons: (3)28227, 28210, 28270, 28104, 28277
  • 2 — Cats: 28105, 28213
  • 1 — Bat: 28078
  • 1— Fox: 28227

More information on the rabies virus, human exposure, and ways to protect yourself can be found below:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

CDC

CMPD AC&C reminds residents to have their pets vaccinated against the rabies virus and keep them up to date. Free clinics are available to Mecklenburg County residents and take place on the second Saturday of each month.

The clinics are held at the animal shelter located at 8315 Byrum Drive in Charlotte from 8am to 10:45am. $10 microchips and free pet I.D. tags are also available.