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Officials: 1st rabies case of 2013 in Gaston Co.

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BELMONT, NC (WBTV) -

The Gaston County Police Animal Control Division said Thursday they have verified the county's first positive rabies case this year.

On Friday, January 25, officials received a call from a doctor at the Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia who told them a woman from Howe Court in Belmont had brought in her sick kitten.

Police say that according to the doctor, the kitten was displaying neurological symptoms associated with rabies and was euthanized.

A rabies test was requested at the State Diagnostics Lab in Raleigh. Laboratory officials reported on Tuesday, January 29, that the kitten had tested positive for rabies.

The owner of the kitten, officials said, has two other cats, both currently vaccinated against rabies.

Gaston County Health officials have been notified and Animal Control will be canvassing the immediate area to advise residents of the incident, and to verify pet rabies vaccinations, officials said.

North Carolina State law requires non-vaccinated dogs or cats that are exposed to a positive rabies vector, to be put to sleep or quarantined for a six-month period, at the owners' expense.

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