NHSO Animal Services Unit Confirms 16th and 17th Case of Rabies

NHSO Animal Services Unit Confirms 16th and 17th Case of Rabies

 

Animal Services Unit (ASU) was notified by the NC State Lab on 9/10/12 that a raccoon submitted to them on 9/07/12 was positive for rabies.

 

Facts:               County Location:

                        Splitbrook Ct. Wilmington, NC 28405

                                     

Friday, September 7, 2012, Animal Services was called about a raccoon that was found in an area that could have been easily accessed by a dog.  The owner handled the dog immediately after this possible contact and was potentially exposed to the saliva of the infected animal.  The raccoon was recovered and sent for testing.

 

Friday, September 7, 2012, the raccoon was transported to the State Lab.

Monday, September 10, 2012, the State Lab notified ASU that the raccoon had tested positive for rabies.  The owner was notified of the positive result.  The dog’s rabies vaccine was current and ASU verified that the dog was re-boostered in accordance with the law. ASU officers have canvassed the area to make sure residents are aware of the positive rabies case.

Animals that have a current rabies vaccination at the time of exposure should be re-boostered within five days (2009 Centers for Disease Control guidelines) of exposure.  Recommendation is to destroy exposed animals that are not current with their rabies vaccination.  There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim. 

Please maintain a current rabies vaccination for your pet; this is the primary defense against the spread of this fatal disease.

 

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission.  Personal pets should not be handled without protection directly after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal.   You should stay away from any animal that you have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.  Feeding wildlife is ill advised.  Prevention is better than reaction after the fact of exposure. 

 

This is number 149 in overall cases.  This is the 16th positive case for 2012.

 

 

 

Case # 17

 

 

Animal Services Unit (ASU) was notified by the NC State Lab on 9/12/12 that a raccoon submitted to them on 9/11/12 was positive for rabies.

 

Facts:               County Location:

                                    Rockhill Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429

                                     

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Animal Services was called about a raccoon that had fought with a dog.  The owners handled the dog immediately after the fight and were potentially exposed to the saliva of the infected animal.  The raccoon was recovered and sent for testing.

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the raccoon was transported to the State Lab.

Wednesday September 12, 2012, the State Lab notified ASU that the raccoon had tested positive for rabies.  The owner was notified of the positive results.  The dog’s rabies vaccine was not current and will have to be destroyed or quarantined for 6 months in accordance with state law.

Animals that have a current rabies vaccination at the time of exposure should be re-boostered within five days (2009 Centers for Disease Control guidelines) of exposure.  Recommendation is to destroy exposed animals that are not current with their rabies vaccination.  There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim. 

Please maintain a current rabies vaccination for your pet; this is the primary defense against the spread of this fatal disease.

 

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission.  Personal pets should not be handled without protection directly after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal.   You should stay away from any animal that you have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.  Feeding wildlife is ill advised.  Prevention is better than reaction after the fact of exposure. 

 

This is number 150 in overall cases.  This is the 17th positive case for 2012.

 

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