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Durham County reports 12th case of rabies in 2013

Posted November 20, 2013

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— Durham County officials confirmed on Wednesday that a rabid bat was found inside a home on Ryan Street Nov. 16. 

The case is the county's 12th of 2013, officials said. 

According to the Durham County Sheriff's Office, a homeowner called authorities on Nov. 16 after discovering the bat in her home. Animal control officers captured the bat, and it was taken to a public health laboratory for testing. 

No people or other animals are believed to have come in contact with the bat, officials said. 

Previous rabies incidents in Durham County: 

  • Jan. 31, raccoon, 2300 block Strawberry Lane 
  • Feb. 5, raccoon, 2300 block Alabama Avenue
  • Feb. 15, raccoon, 600 block Chalice Street
  • March 19, raccoon, 5300 block Cheek Road
  • March 20, raccoon, 9000 block Quail Roost Road
  • April 30, raccoon, 2600 block Banner Street
  • May 21, raccoon, 2200 block Ferrell Road
  • July 3, raccoon, 1200 block Eva Street
  • July 9, fox, 1500 block Bahama Road
  • July 24, skunk, 7800 block Guess Road
  • Sept. 24, raccoon, 1300 Kent Street

Authorities reminded pet owners to check on their animals' vaccinations. The Sheriff's Animal Services Division offers those vaccinations for cats and dogs every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10.

They also asked anyone who encounters an animal acting unusually to call the sheriff's office at 919-560-0900.

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