Orange County sees 11th rabies case
Orange County Animal Services has received its 11th positive rabies test result of the year. The county recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.
The latest case involved a rabid raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. It originated on Sunday when a Chapel Hill resident found a dead raccoon on her property.
She did not touch or move the animal and immediately called 9-1-1 to be connected to the on-call Animal Control officer. The raccoon was removed from for rabies testing.
The resident owns one dog. She did not believe the dog was near the raccoon at any point, but the possibility could not be ruled out.
The dog was up to date on its vaccinations, so it will receive a booster shot in accordance to North Carolina law. Animals that do not have a current vaccination must either be destroyed or quarantined for six months.
A communicable disease nurse from the Orange County Health Department will evaluate whether there is any risk that the owner was exposed.