Orange County to host 2 low-cost rabies vaccination clinics

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Orange County Animal Services will host two low-cost rabies vaccination clinics.

The clinics come after a rabid bat became the fifth confirmed case of the deadly virus in Orange County this year, officials confirmed. Orange County had a total of 10 rabies cases in 2015 and 23 in 2014.

On Sept. 21, a bat was found inside the fireplace of a Mebane home. Animal Control was called to remove the animal and test it for rabies.

Two dogs and a cat were possibly exposed to the bat and received booster shots in response.

The dogs and cat were up-to-date with their vaccinations.

An unvaccinated animal must be quarantined for up to four months or destroyed.

Orange Couny officials said recent cases of rabies in humans have been due to exposure to infected bats.

Orange County Animal Services will host two low-cost rabies vaccination clinics to coincide with World Rabies Day September 28.

  • Thursday, September 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Eno River Farmers Market, 144 E Margaret Lane in Hillsborough;
  • Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10. Clinic dates for the rest of 2016 are posted here.

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

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