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Fox, bat test positive for rabies in Orange County

Posted August 6, 2014 10:45 a.m. EDT


— An infected fox and bat are Orange County's 16th and 17th positive cases of rabies in 2014, county health officials said Wednesday.

The fox was discovered dead Sunday in a neighborhood in Carrboro, 24 hours after it reportedly attacked a pet duck and charged at a resident.

The bat was also found on Sunday in Carrboro by a resident who was walking her dog. The dog nosed at the bat and it moved, but the bat died on its own shortly after. The owner was unsure if the dog made physical contact with the bat.

The dog has a current rabies vaccination, officials said.

“Awareness and prevention are always important, but especially given the current upswing in rabies cases in Orange County,” Animal Services Director Bob Marotto said in a statement. “Pet owners need to be absolutely sure that their dogs, cats and ferrets are currently vaccinated against rabies and do not have opportunities to come into contact with wildlife.”

The county is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill. Vaccinations cost $10 and are cash only.

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919-942-7387.