Are you or your pets at risk?
The rabies virus is present in some North Carolina counties and poses a threat to humans who come into contact with animals that may be infected. Both a skunk and a fox were tested positive for the virus recently bringing the total of rabies cases up to 14 for the year 2019. Officials have release tips to keep residents and their pets safe. They also reminded people that the virus can run through wildlife populations throughout the year.
Earlier this year, a person had to be treated for rabies after being exposed to a rabid raccoon in North Carolina. The raccoon fought with the residents two dogs before coming into contact with her. Both of her pets were up-to-date on their rabies vaccines, but were given a booster shot after the incident just in case.
Skunk, fox bring rabies total up to 14 for 2019
A skunk and a fox tested positive for rabies in the past week becoming the 13th and 14th confirmed cases respectively in Guilford County this year.
The skunk was found on Nutt Road in Summerfield, and the fox was found on East Market Street in Greensboro, according to the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. Read more
Summary: Both a skunk and a fox were tested positive for the rabies virus recently bringing the total of rabies cases up to 14 for the year 2019. Officials are offering advice on how to keep yourself safe.
Post-exposure preventive treatment for rabies costs $3,000+ on average, the CDC estimates.
For Jeannette Parker, who was bitten by a stray kitten, that cost was $48,512. https://t.co/5jxOn0w5yA
— NPR (@NPR) February 26, 2019
Person treated after exposure to rabid raccoon
A person needs treatment after being exposed to a rabid raccoon in North Carolina.
The raccoon got into a fight with two dogs in Burlington and on Oct. 18 and was sent to the State Laboratory for Public Health to be tested, according to a release from the Alamance County Health Department.
The dogs were both up-to-date on their rabies vaccines and were given a booster shot after fighting the raccoon, the health department said. Learn more
Summary: A North Carolina woman had to be treated for possible rabies exposure earlier this year. The rabid raccoon fought with her two dogs, both of which were up-to-date on their rabies vaccines.