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Skunk tests positive for rabies in Orange Co.

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (WNCN) — Orange County Animal Services is reporting that a skunk has been found to have rabies in Hillsborough.

This is the county’s fourth positive rabies test result this year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

Officials say the case arose on Wednesday when a Hillsborough resident found a skunk in an area with her dog and livestock. They say they were exposed to the skunk.

The resident contacted the animal welfare agency and they removed the skunk for rabies testing.

A veterinarian from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will examine the livestock, according to a press release.

As the dog has had a rabies vaccination it will receive a rabies booster within the required four day window.

Vets say this window applies to any dog, cat or ferret with a valid vaccination history if there is “reasonable suspicion of exposure.”

They say unvaccinated cats or dogs must be euthanized or quarantined for up to four months. Ferrets would have to be quarantined for six months.

By North Carolina law, dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times.

Orange County officials say anyone whose pet comes into contact with an animal that could be considered a rabies carrier should immediately contact Animal Control at 919-942-PETS (7387). If the event contact is outside of business hours, you will be asked to call 911.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-orange-co/ Skunk tests positive for rabies in Orange Co.

Dais Johnston

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