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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services is alerting residents that a raccoon found at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on July 23, 2014.  This is the sixth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2014. The raccoon possibly exposed four adults.
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated.  Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets.
Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.  Guilford County Animal Control is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at the following locations and times:
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28, 6619 NC 61 North,     Gibsonville, NC 27249
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920     Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main     Street, Jamestown, NC  27282
The rabies vaccination will be five dollars ($5.00) per shot.  Cash and personal checks will be accepted.
For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.
For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at (336)641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org


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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Guilford County Department of Health & Human Services is trying to contact a woman who rescued an injured raccoon at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park on Monday, July 21, 2014 between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  in the proximity of Stop #6.  Our department requests that this woman call 336-641-6500 as soon as possible.


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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services would like to remind parents who have a child entering the sixth grade this fall that there is one vaccination required by law for school attendance.  The vaccination is Tdap and stands for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  According to North Carolina law, children who are entering the 6th grade in public school on or after August 1, 2008 or who are 12 years of age on or after August 1, 2008, and entering non-public school, must have a Tdap booster shot if five or more years have passed since their last dose of this vaccine.  

Special Tdap only clinics are scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014 and Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at both Greensboro and High Point locations.  Evening clinic hours will be available at the Greensboro location (1100 E. Wendover Avenue) on August 28, 2014.  Evening clinic hours will be available in High Point (501 E. Green Drive) on August 26, 2014.  For an appointment at either location, call 641-3245. Ask about cost when you call.  Fees may apply, so bring your child’s insurance card (including Medicaid) and your child’s shot record.  The Tdap vaccination is also available at other times during the regular business day and at your child’s health care provider’s office.

Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases.  Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria.  Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to two cases out of ten. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.  Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing, pneumonia and hospitalization due to complications.

For more information about Tdap or any other childhood immunization, contact Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at (336) 641-7777.


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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services is alerting residents that a fox found on Kearns Street in Jamestown tested positive for the rabies virus on July 8, 2014.  This is the fifth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2014. The fox exposed one juvenile.
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated.  Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets.
Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.  Guilford County Animal Control is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at the following locations and times:
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28, 6619 NC 61 North, Gibsonville, NC 27249
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC  27282
The rabies vaccination will be five dollars ($5.00) per shot.  Cash and personal checks will be accepted.
For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.
For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at (336)641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org


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