Lincoln County has Fourth Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019
“Last week, Lincoln County Animal Services responded to a rabies call in the Lincolnton area that resulted in a positive rabies result from the NC Laboratory of Public Health. This case involved a skunk found on Keever Dairy Farm Road in Lincolnton. Animal Control Officers have already informed residents in the immediate area where the skunk was picked up. In this case, the dog and pig that were exposed had not received a rabies vaccination, and will be quarantined and monitored according to the 2016 NASPHV Rabies Compendium.” – From The Lincoln County Animal Services Press Release
Hannah Beaver, Lincoln County Animal Services Executive Director, said this is about on track per last year’s confirmed rabies cases. “In 2018 we had 5 confirmed cases,” she said. “In some years prior we have had more, in others less – so this being our fourth case this year is right on par with other years, although it always varies slightly.”
There is a plan of action in place when a case is confirmed in Lincoln County. “Animal Control door tags and speaks with residents in the areas where they are confirmed cases. We also make sure on any animal control call to check rabies vaccine statuses of animals that we come into contact with, and educate the public on the importance of these vaccines, and that it is required by state law for cats, dogs, and ferrets,” Beaver said.
One-year rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs are offered at Lincoln County Animal Services for $7. If your pet has a regular veterinarian, then they can go during a checkup to get a one-year or three-year vaccine.
“Rabies exists in our communities,” Beavers added. “And the most important thing we can do to prevent it is to vaccinate animals, educate, and manage any exposure—which means if you get bitten or come into contact with wildlife, give us a call.”
If you suspect a animal to have rabies, you can contact Lincoln County Animal Services at 704-736-7125 or visit 650 John Howell Memorial Drive in Lincolnton or call 911 immediately.
Melissa Cordell is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies and is the Staff Reporter to L Town Radio. To email Melissa with a story idea or news tip email at firstname.lastname@example.org