CALDWELL CO., N.C. — Health officials confirmed on Friday that a skunk in Caldwell County tested positive for rabies.
Officials say the skunk was found on Addison Lane in the Grace Chapel community when it made contact with a dog.
This marks the third confirmed rabies case in the county in 2021 and the second in this area.
Health officials say rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal once symptoms arise.
The virus is found in the saliva of an animal with rabies and is usually transmitted by a bite or scratch.
Animal Control will be holding a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, October 23rd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health and Human Services Building in Lenoir, N.C.
Health officials say one and three-year vaccinations will be offered for $7 per vaccination.
People can protect themselves and their pets from rabies by taking these precautions:
- Make sure all your companion animals are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. They should always wear their license tags.
- Supervise your pets to prevent exposure.
- If a bat is found inside your home you should contact Animal Care & Control.
- If your animal is exposed to a potentially rabid animal wear glove to protect yourself from the infectious saliva that may be on your animal’s coat.
- Teach your children to stay away from wild animals including bats or animals they don’t know.
- Avoid attracting wildlife to your home by removing food sources such as food scraps and removing cat and dog food at night.