Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rabies in Orange County

And since newspaper links have a way of disappearing faster than ice in summer ...

Two cases of rabies have been confirmed in Orange County.

Orange County Animal Services received two positive rabies results for a skunk and a racoon on Dec. 20.The skunk was found dead in the pen of a dog at a residence on N.C. 57 north of Hillsborough. The other was submitted because two household dogs had a deceased raccoon in their mouths at a Hurdle Mills residence near Hawkins Road and Highway 86.
In the skunk case, the dog was not vaccinated and surrendered by the owner for euthanasia.In the case of the raccoon, both dogs were currently vaccinated and only need to receive a booster shot within the next five days.These are the 10th and 11th positive rabies results for Orange County in 2011. There were a total of 11 positive cases for Orange County in 2010. The number of rabies cases in 2010 and 2009, where there were 12 cases, are far fewer than in preceding years.

Hurdle Mills ... near Hawkins Rd and NC-86 is awfully close to the route of the two recent Hurdle Mills Irregulars rides. 

NC-57 north of Hillsborough.  That could encompass at least as far as Schley.  

More reasons to keep one's eyes peeled for loose dogs. 

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