Orange County has 15th rabies case for 2014

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Orange County Animal Services has received its 15th positive rabies test result of the year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. The most recent incident involved a bat. The county had 12 total positive cases last year and also in 2012.

The most recent rabies incident originated on Monday when a Hillsborough resident noticed her two dogs paying close attention to a spot in the back yard. The resident investigated and found a bat in the yard. She brought the dogs inside the house and called an Animal Control Officer to have the bat removed for testing. 

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department will contact the owner to evaluate whether there is a risk of human rabies exposure. Of concern in this case is the possibility of secondary exposure from the resident handling her dogs after the incident. 

Both dogs involved in this case were currently vaccinated against rabies and will only have to receive a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina’s rabies laws.