Orange County close to last year’s rabies record
Orange County’s Animal Services Department on Thursday got its 11th rabies result for the year.
The record in 2012 was 12 positive cases.
The latest incident involved a Hillsborough resident’s discovery of a dead skunk in the outdoor kennel that houses her dogs. Both dogs had been vaccinated against rabies but will receive booster shots pursuant to North Carolina statute. By state law, if a vaccinated dog or cat may have been exposed, the animal must get a booster within five days. An unvaccinated animal must be quarantined for six months or euthanized.
A communicable disease nurse from the county health department is evaluating the owner’s risk of rabies exposure based on handling the dogs before discovering the skunk.
If anyone suspects they’ve been exposed to rabies, they should call Animal Control or 911.
The year’s last low-cost rabies vaccination clinic is scheduled for Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill. The service will include a microchip clinic. Rabies vaccinations cost $10 and microchips are $25. For information, visit orangecountync.gov/animalservices or call 919-942-7387.