Gaston County Has 4th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019
On Sunday 08/18/2019 at approximately 2:26 pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from the 100 block of Pindal Circle in Dallas, NC. The resident detailed that a fox came out of the woods near his home and bit him on the back of his leg while he was in his yard.
Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and impounded the fox on 08/18/2019. The fox was processed for rabies testing and was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. The official laboratory results were received on 08/20/2019 at approximately 12:50 pm. The fox tested positive for rabies.
One family dog lives at the residence, but is current on rabies vaccinations and was not exposed.
The Gaston County Health Department has been notified, and the victim is currently receiving post exposure treatment.
Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Pindal Circle, Ballard Drive, and Alexis High Shoals Rd on 08/20/2019 to notify the community of the positive rabies result.
The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement unit stress the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of their owners and community.
This represents the fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.
No further information is available at this time.