Fox in Gaston County tests positive for rabies mark fourth case

Fox in Gaston County tests positive for rabies mark fourth case
Officers from Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement are asking pet owners in one neighborhood to make sure their animals are vaccinated for rabies. (Source: WBTV)

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The fourth case of rabies was reported in Gaston County after a fox tested positive.

Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from a home in Dallas after a family dog killed a fox.

The dead fox was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh, and on Saturday, the fox specimen tested positive for rabies.

The one-year-old female grey and white American Pit-Bull Terrier mix was up to date on her required rabies vaccinations and received a rabies booster shot within 96 hours of the exposure. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Hoyles Creek Road Dallas to notify the community of the positive rabies results and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area.

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