November 5, 2004
HEALTH DEPARTMENT, VETERINARIANS OFFER LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATIONS
Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Health Department and local veterinarians are teaming up to offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for the second time this year. The shots will be available at local vets’ offices for $7.50 from November 8 - 13. Pet owners are asked to call their veterinarian’s office to make an appointment.
The first Rabies Vaccination Week was held in May. This additional opportunity was offered this year to make the rabies vaccination process as easy and affordable as possible.
The Health Department’s Al Piercy handles rabies and animal bite investigations and predicts a busy season after a number of rabid animals were collected earlier in the year.
"The rabies vaccination is protection not just for your pet, but for everyone else in your home," says Piercy.
As of the end of October 2004, 25 animals have tested positive for rabies in Mecklenburg County. Rabies can infect any mammal. In North Carolina it is most common in raccoons, skunks, and foxes, and has also been found in dogs, cats, horses, cattle, bats, and other animals. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of animals found to have rabies in North Carolina.
The virus is transmitted through contact with the saliva or nervous tissue of an infectious animal--usually through a bite. If an exposed person or animal is not treated quickly, the virus may infect the person or animal and kill them.