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Ninth Case of Animal Rabies Confirmed in Guilford County (Health Alert)

Guilford County Department of Public Health is alerting residents that a bat located on Lowdermilk Street in southeast Greensboro tested positive for rabies on May 28, 2010. There was a human exposure involved with this incident.  This is the ninth confirmed case of animal rabies in Guilford County this year.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that any bat found in a residence where a young person or person with disability resides be captured and tested for rabies.
Bat bites are not dramatic and may not be appreciated when they occur or when the patient is examined. Some may recognize the bite but not comprehend its implications. Others, such as young persons or those with disabilities may be unable to provide an accurate history of a bite. It should be noted that most bats are not rabid and do serve an important ecological function.
Rabies is most common in the wildlife population of Guilford County.  The best way to protect yourself, your family and your pets is to make sure pets are vaccinated against the rabies virus.  North Carolina law states domestic pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) age 4 months and older should be vaccinated.  Barnyard animals (horses, goats and cows) should also be vaccinated.  Residents can get their pets vaccinated by their local veterinarian or at one of the following local low cost rabies vaccination clinics:
Saturday, July 10, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Summerfield Fire Dept
700 Summerfield Road

Saturday, August 28, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Gibsonville Fire Dept
6619 NC 61N

Saturday, October 9, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pleasant Garden Town Hall
4920 Alliance Church Rd
Pleasant Garden
The cost of the rabies vaccination at any of these clinics will be five dollars ($5.00).  The vaccine will be valid for one year.
Please contact Guilford County Animal Control at 641-5990 or the Guilford County Department of Public Health at 641-7777 for more information regarding rabies, rabies vaccinations or educational programs available.

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