DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The Davidson County Health Department has reported the county's seventh and eighth cases of rabies this year.
According to the health department, animal control officers found a rabid skunk in the Tyro community July 22. The skunk crawled into a yard, and a dog killed the skunk. The dog had not been properly vaccinated and was euthanized. The health department said no human was reported exposed to the rabid skunk.
July 26, animal control officers found a rabid raccoon in the west Lexington area. Someone had shot the raccoon before a dog picked it up. This dog was not vaccinated for rabies and had to be euthanized. The health department said no human was reported exposed to the rabid raccoon.
The Davidson Co. Health Department is holding a rabies clinic Saturday, Sept. 13. The clinic will be at Tyro Middle School from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The vaccine costs $5 per animal.
The Davidson Co. Health Department reminds people not to touch their pet if they have had contact with a wild animal, because saliva from the wild animal might still be on the pet's fur.
Call Davidson Co. Animal Control at 336-249-0131 to report stray animals or wildlife in a neighborhood. Call the Rabies Hotline at 336-242-2348 if a human or pet comes in contact with a potentially rabid animal.
The Guilford Co. Health Department is offering the following upcoming rabies clinics:
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28, 6619 NC 61 North, Gibsonville, NC 27249
Saturday,September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282