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Rabid raccoon is Orange County's second of year

Posted February 25, 2014
Updated March 13, 2014


— A raccoon that fought with a family pet in the Smith Level Road area of Chapel Hill was found to have rabies, Orange County's second reported case of rabies in 2014. 

A dog owner called county animal services after her dog killed the raccoon Sunday. A test showed the raccoon had rabies. The dog involved in the fight and the owner's other dog had been vaccinated and, after a booster shot, are expected to be fine. 

"Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control," Bob Marotto, director of Orange County Animal Services, said in a statement. "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 a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic all day March 20 at the Hillsborough Farmer's Market, the first in a series of clinics across the county.

Last year, Orange County recorded 12 positive cases of the virus.


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