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Investigators are trying to figure out how NC horse got rabies

The rabid horse was at a farm in Cherryville in Gaston County, which is about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. The disease is uncommon in horses.
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CHERRYVILLE, N.C. — Investigators in North Carolina are trying to figure out how a horse contracted rabies. 

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that rabies in horses is uncommon in the United States. 

The rabid horse was at a farm in Cherryville in Gaston County, which is about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. 

The infection was discovered by a veterinarian who was treating “a sick horse” last week. The horse has died. 

The farm’s other horses are being given a rabies vaccination and are being observed. 

There are about 30 to 60 rabies cases among horses out of nearly 7,000 cases in the U.S. each year.