Another case of rabies has
been confirmed in Cumberland County, making 13 cases this year, officials said Friday afternoon.
Friday morning the State Public Health Lab in Raleigh confirmed a case of rabies in the 500 block of Nottingham Drive. On Thursday, a bat was picked up by Animal Control in a home on Nottingham Drive, off Stacey Weaver Drive, and sent for testing. The home owner where the bat was picked up has been notified and is seeking medical advice.
Animal control officers are in the area of Nottingham Drive Friday notifying residents.
All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. If pets are not vaccinated or are due for a booster shot, they should be taken to a local veterinarian for rabies vaccination immediately.
The first sign of rabies in animals is a change in behavior. Animals may become aggressive, attacking for no reason, or they may become very quiet. Wild animals can lose their fear of people and act tame. Rabid animals may walk in a circle, drag a leg or fall over. Some cannot swallow so they are not able to eat or drink and often drool. Animals usually die within a week after first becoming ill.
Avoiding wild animals and keeping your distance from stray dogs and cats is the first step in preventing an animal bite. Any pet, which appears to have been in a fight while outside, should be handled very cautiously and seen by a veterinarian.
If you are bitten or scratched by an animal:
It is also important to vaccinate your pets for rabies and keep their shots current. Pet owners are reminded that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies, as required by state law.