Second Rabies Case of 2019 Confirmed in Alamance County

BURLINGTON – On March 13, the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh confirmed Alamance County’s second case of rabies for the year.

On March 12, Alamance County Health Department was notified that a bat was found on the doorstep of a home on Overbrook Road in Burlington. Alamance County Animal Control sent the bat to the State Laboratory for Public Health for testing and the bat was positive for rabies. There was no human exposure to the bat. If you live in this area and have outside pets, the Health Department encourages you to examine them for any wounds that may have come from contact with this bat and notify Animal Control or the Health Department’s Environmental Health office at (336) 570-6367 if you have questions or concerns.

If you are bitten by any animal:
 Wash the wound with soap and running water for ten (10) minutes and seek medical attention immediately.
 Write down the location of the animal and a description of the animal to provide to animal control. If the animal is someone’s pet, also get the owner’s name and address. Give this information to animal control or the health department.
 Do not try to catch any wild or stray animal

Rabies vaccinations are available for dogs and cats at Tractor Supply, 3129 Garden Road in Burlington, every Saturday 4p-5:30p. The cost is $25. Rabies vaccinations are also available at Pet Supermarket, 2749 South Church Street in Burlington, every other Sunday 10a-11:30a. The next clinic is March 24. The cost is $15.

Last year, Alamance County had five confirmed animal cases of rabies.

For more information or questions about rabies control and vaccinations requirements, contact the Health Department’s Environmental Health office at (336) 570-6367.