Attention: Rabies has been reported!

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Pamlico County Animal Control has confirmed that a raccoon captured in the area of Stonewall, NC, along Highway 55 has tested positive for rabies.

To reduce the likelihood of pets being exposed to rabies, Animal Control is requesting that for the next 45 days, all pets be kept on the owner’s property at all times – unless the pet is leashed and under the control of a responsible adult. North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 130A-185 requires that cats, dogs and ferrets be vaccinated. Local veterinarians offer rabies vaccinations at a reduced price, by appointment only.

Pamlico County will conduct a rabies clinic September 7, 2018, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and September 8, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Animals may be vaccinated for $10.00 each. For more information regarding the rabies clinic, contact 252-745-5634.


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Animal control will be in the affected area conducting a rabies canvas. If pets are located that have no current rabies vaccination, owner(s) may be cited for violating NCGS 130A- 185.

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 (www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/virus.html) 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 ap- pear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hal- lucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydro- phobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

If you have any questions, please call Animal Control Officer Berkley Hill at 252-745- 3203.