Orange County reports sixth rabies case of year
Posted May 29, 2013
Hillsborough, N.C. — Orange County officials on Wednesday reported the sixth confirmed rabies case of the year after a raccoon tested positive for the virus.
Orange County Animal Services said a woman was walking her dog Friday on the Eno River Trail in Durham when they were approached by an aggressive raccoon. The dog killed the raccoon but was injured.
The raccoon tested positive for rabies. The dog had a current vaccination and received a booster shot after exposure, as required by state law.
“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services. “Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death.”
The county is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic June 15. Visit the Animal Services website for more information.