Iredell confirms 1st case of rabies for 2014



Iredell County Animal Services has confirmed a case of rabies in Iredell County. This case involved a skunk contacting 2 dogs in the area of Cove Gap Rd off of Midway Rd.

Iredell County Health Department reminds the public to avoid contact with stray animals. These animals could be infected with rabies. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva or bite of a rabid animal. Abnormal behavior seen in rabid animals may include: overly friendly behavior, aggressive behavior, uncoordinated movement or appearance of illness. Domestic animals with rabies may be aggressive or lethargic. It is also possible for an animal to carry rabies and not yet display symptoms.

Pets or stray animals with suspected exposure to rabies should be reported to Iredell County Animal Services and Control at (704) 878-5335.

It is important to make sure your pet has a current rabies vaccine that will prevent them from acquiring rabies. All dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by NC State law to be vaccinated against rabies starting at the age of 3 months. In Iredell County, there is a $75.00 citation per animal for owners who do not have their dog, cat or ferret immunized against rabies.

If a pet is up to date on its rabies vaccine and is exposed to a rabid animal, the vaccinated animal must receive a booster vaccination within 5 days of the exposure. If they do not receive the booster within 5 days of the exposure they will either be euthanized (put to sleep) or quarantined for six months.

Rabies vaccinations for your dog, cat or ferret can be obtained at your local veterinarian or at Iredell County Animal Services and Control. Reminder that Iredell County Animal Services offers rabies vaccinations for only $10 Monday – Friday from 10:30am until 5:00 pm; and on Saturday from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  No appointment is necessary.  Iredell County Animal Services also hosts a rabies vaccination clinic on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.  Rabies vaccinations are available at the evening clinic for $6.00.

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Author: WSIC editor

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