302011Apr

Health Department Confirms Third Rabies Case in Alamance for 2011

Unvaccinated dog involved in fight with rabid fox on Wednesday night


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2011


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

On Wednesday evening at approximately 10:30 P.M., an unvaccinated dog was involved in a fight with a fox at a residence in the 4400 block of North NC Highway 62.  The fox was killed by the dog’s owner, but the incident was not reported until Thursday morning.  The animal control division of the Alamance County Sherriff’s Office responded to the residence where the fox was found and collected for testing.  The dog was also removed from the property and taken to the animal shelter for quarantine.  On Friday, upon positive lab confirmation lab of rabies in the fox, the dog was euthanized.

For the purpose of rabies control in Alamance County, several veterinary offices in Alamance County will host rabies vaccination clinics this upcoming week.  Rabies shots for dogs and cats will be available for $5.00 per animal, from May 2 through May 7, at the following locations:

Alamance Animal Emergency Hospital 2643 Ramada Rd. Burlington, NC 27215 (336) 228-7226

Animal Hospital of Mebane Mebane Ridge Marketplace 1935 NC Hwy 119 South Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 304-1600

Creekside Animal Clinic 626 N First St Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 563-9663

Graham Animal Hospital 851 South Main St. Graham, NC 27253 (336) 228-1600

Mebane Veterinary Hospital 1938 Jones Dr. Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 563-5006

Tri-County Veterinary Service 7716 NC Hwy 87 South Graham, NC 27253 (336) 376-6838

Please contact the veterinary office for details and special hours for vaccination.  An appointment may be needed.