Guilford/Davidson County, NC-- Two Triad counties are reporting additional cases of rabies in their respective areas.
Wednesday, the Guilford County Department of Public Health sent out an alert to people along the Church Street area that a raccoon found on on Church St has tested positive for the rabies virus.
According to a news release, the test results came back on Tuesday. Health officials said two dogs may have been exposed to the rabid animal.
This is the fifteenth case of confirmed rabies in Guilford County so far this year.
The County is hosting a rabies clinic on: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road in Pleasant Garden. The cost is $5.00 per vaccination.
The other case reported to today was in Davidson County. The Davidson County Health Department reported its fifth case of rabies for the year.
Health officials said a rabid fox was found in the Reeds community after it wandered into a yard and attacked a dog. They also believe a cat and human was exposed to the rabid animal.
Unfortunately, neither animal was properly vaccinated and both were euthanized. The person who is believed to have been in contact with the fox has started treatment for rabies.
The Davidson County Health Department is sponsoring a rabies clinic on Saturday, September 8th at Tyro Middle School from 2:00-4:00 p.m.. The cost is $5 per vaccination at the clinic.
Animal control warn pet owners that North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated.
The law include animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets. Pets that do not have current rabies vaccinations and come in contact with a rabid animal must be euthanized or confined at the owner's expense for at least six months at a veterinary facility.