Tenth case of rabies confirmed in Catawba County

- Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the tenth case of rabies in the county this year.

Previous cases reported in 2019 have been in Maiden, Vale, Newton, Hickory, Sherrills Ford and Claremont.

On Wednesday, October 3, Catawba County Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident who discovered a dead skunk in a kennel with his dog.

The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services on Friday, October 5 that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The dog was current on its rabies vaccines and received a rabies booster after the incident occurred.

Per state vaccination guidelines, animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.

For more information, you're asked to call Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686.

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