Attention: Rabies has been reported!

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Pamlico County Animal Control has recently confirmed 2 cases of animals testing positive for rabies: 1) a fox found on North 3rd Street in Bayboro and 2) a skunk located at the end of Ireland Road in Alliance. Over the last 60 days, there have been a total of 4 animals in the Bayboro-Alliance area, including the 2 described above that have tested positive for rabies.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallow-ing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.


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For more information you may visit the Center of Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/virus.html.

If you are concerned about possible rabies exposure, contact your primary health care provider immediately. If your pet is bitten or you suspect the pet has been exposed to rabies, contact your veterinarian. This is a reminder to keep your animals from roaming and make certain that your animals are cur-rent on all vaccinations, especially rabies.

If you have any questions, please call Berkley Hill, Animal Control Officer at 252-745-3203 or Scott Lenhart, Pamlico County Health Director at 252-745-5111.

Pamlico County Animal Control
(252) 745-3203 ▪ 202 Main Street ▪ PO Box 776 ▪ Bayboro, NC 28515
animalcontrol@pamlicocounty.org