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Rabies case reported in Orange County

Posted November 2, 2012

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Orange County on Friday reported its 12th positive rabies case of the year.

The case came from Efland, where residents on Efland Cedar Grove Road and Harmony Church Road saw a dog nudging a raccoon outside of a home Wednesday. One resident put the raccoon inside of a crate, where it was later found dead, a spokeswoman for Orange County Animal Services said.

The residents called Animal Control the next day, and the state test results were positive for rabies. The dog and another pet in the home have current rabies vaccinations, and they will receive a booster shot, officials said.

Last year, the Orange County Animal Services Department reported 11 positive cases of rabies.

A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill.

For more information, call 919-942-7387 or visit the Animal Services' website.

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  • Scubagirl Nov 2, 5:28 p.m.

    Glad their dogs were current.. Heartbreak for the family was avoided.

  • gingerlynn Nov 2, 4:13 p.m.

    Perfect illustration of why rabies shots are so important