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Health Department Confirms Second Rabies Case for 2011

Rabid skunk killed by unvaccinated dog in Pleasant Grove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2011


BURLINGTON – The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh confirmed Alamance County’s second rabies case for the year late Wednesday afternoon.

The animal control division of the Alamance County Sherriff’s Office animal control was called on Monday to a residence on John Lewis Road in the Pleasant Grove area of northern Alamance County.  On arrival, they found a skunk that had been attacked and killed by the owner’s dog.  The dog was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccination and was transported to Burlington Animal Control on Wednesday afternoon, where it is being held for euthanization.

“Rabies is a fatal illness, for animals, as well as humans,” said Carl Carroll, Alamance County Health Department Environmental Health Director with.  “Pet owners must take their responsibility for keeping vaccinations up-to-date very seriously.”

Dog and cat owners can take advantage of two upcoming rabies vaccination clinics in Alamance County.  A fee may apply for vaccinations given at community clinics.

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Date and Time Clinic Location Address
Saturday, March 5 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Southern States 1935 NC Hwy 119 South Mebane, NC 27302
Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Environmental Health Division Alamance County Health Department 209 N. Graham-Hopedale Rd. Burlington, NC 27217

For more information regarding low-cost rabies vaccination providers or for questions about the laws regarding rabies vaccination for animals, please contact the health department’s Environmental Health division at (336) 570-6367.