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Orange County reports sixth rabies case of year

Posted May 29, 2013

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— 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.

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  • djofraleigh May 29, 2013

    I'm glad the woman was so responsible as to have her dog vaccinated and to notify animal control officials. -- COMMENT

    Amen to good animal owners! I still think of Old Yeller!

  • carrboroyouth May 29, 2013

    Good for the dog for saving his owner!

  • mkramm May 29, 2013

    Why is it an Orange County case if the rabid raccoon was a Durham County resident?

  • anneonymousone May 29, 2013

    I'm glad the woman was so responsible as to have her dog vaccinated and to notify animal control officials.

    May she and her dog have a complete and rapid recovery from what must have been a terrifying situation.