July 15, 2002
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CANVASS NEIGHBORHOOD
AFTER TESTS CONFIRM RABIES IN FOX
Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Control Program is visiting a Charlotte neighborhood for the third time this year after tests conducted in the State laboratory confirm rabies in another animal found there.
The Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Control Program is visiting a Charlotte neighborhood for the third time this year after tests conducted in the State laboratory confirm rabies in another animal found there.
Health Department epidemiologist Al Piercy says the fox was found on Carver Boulevard in the University Park-Derita area of northeast Charlotte. The area where this fox was found is very close to where another rabid fox and a rabid cat were found earlier this year.
Piercy says the Health Department received news of the test results today. The fox was collected late last week after getting into a fight with two dogs. The dogs were both unvaccinated and were immediately taken to Animal Control. The family that owns the dogs has given permission to have them put down.
This is the 17
th rabies case in Mecklenburg County so far this year. There were 26 rabies cases in the County in all of 2001.
Neighbors are being cautioned to be very aware of wildlife in the area. Flyers are being delivered to homes in that area alerting neighbors to the fact that a rabid animal has been found and that they should take precautions to minimize their exposure.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease affecting the central nervous system. Rabies can be prevented but not cured. A healthy animal or human can get rabies when bitten, licked or scratched by a sick animal. The virus lives in the saliva. You can get rabies if you or a pet are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal, or that animal’s saliva gets into a cut or scratch.
North Carolina law requires animal bites to be reported by the person bitten, the owner of the biting animal—if applicable, and the physician who first treats the bite victim. The Mecklenburg County Health Department can be reached at 704-336-6440.
For more information about protecting yourself, your family and your pets from rabies, check out the following link on the Health Department’s Web site: