State confirms second Caldwell Co. rabies case of 2023
The county will hold a rabies shot clinic in response.
LENOIR, N.C. (WBTV) - Caldwell County’s second rabies case of the year was confirmed Tuesday, officials wrote in a press release.
The animal that tested positive was a skunk found on Midway Sand Road in Granite Falls. County staff said it had come in contact with several dogs in the area.
[US had 5 rabies deaths last year, highest total in a decade]
The skunk was submitted to the North Carolina State Laboratory by the county’s Animal Care Enforcement for testing.
Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement will hold a free rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds. They’ll be free for residents and $10 for non-county residents.
Pets must be on a leash or crated.
To help protect pets:
- Make sure all companion animals are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. They should always wear their license tags.
- Supervise pets to prevent exposure.
- If your animal is exposed to a potentially rabid animal, wear gloves to protect from the infectious saliva that may be on the animal’s coat.
- Teach children to stay away from wild animals, including bats or animals they don’t know.
- Avoid attracting wildlife to homes by removing food sources such as food scraps and removing cat and dog food at night.
Anyone with questions concerning rabies and/or receiving a rabies vaccination should contact Animal Care Enforcement at 180 Government Way, Lenoir or call 828-572-4535. If there is an emergency outside normal working hours, call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324.
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