BURLINGTON – The Alamance County Health Department will be hosting a rabies vaccination clinic on March 1 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Civitan Club located at 144 Roberta Drive, off of Union Ridge Rd, in Burlington.

There have been three confirmed rabies cases thus far in 2013.  All three cases have been raccoons and all have been located in the northwest part of Alamance County.

“Rabies vaccination protects not only your pet, but also helps to protect you and your family,” says Environmental Health Director, Carl Carroll. “It is North Carolina law that cats and dogs be vaccinated against rabies and over the past two years, 29 dogs were euthanized after being exposed to rabid animals. If their vaccinations had been up-to-date, their lives could have been spared.”

The cost of the rabies shot at the clinic will be $5.00 per pet. Pet owners attending the vaccination clinic are reminded to keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.

There were six total rabies cases in Alamance County for 2012.  In addition, there were a total of 432 rabies cases statewide in 2012.

For more information or questions about rabies control, vaccination requirements, or upcoming clinics, contact the health department’s Environmental Health office at (336) 570-6367.