February 10 - 1000 block of Bill Poole Road in Rougemont
February 28 - 9500 block of Rougemont Road in Bahama
March 6 - 1400 block of Oak Forest Road in Durham
The animals were taken to a lab where they tested positive for rabies. There was no human or animal exposure reported. As a precaution, homeowners involved in each case vaccinated their pets.
The Animal Services Division of the Durham County Sheriff's Office encourages residents to report the location of any animals exhibiting aggressive or odd behavior. Please call (919) 560-0900 if you suspect an animal is infected with the rabies virus.
The rabies virus can be found in bats, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and groundhogs.
An unprovoked attack against humans or other animals is a typical sign of a rabies infection.
The first symptoms of rabies in animals may include lethargy, fever, vomiting, and anorexia. An animal can develop cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression, or self-mutilation.
Transmission of the rabies virus usually begins when infected saliva of a host is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common method of rabies virus transmission is through a bite or the entrance of the virus-containing saliva of an infected host through broken skin.
The rabies virus is preventable. Durham County residents are urged to keep their pets vaccinated against the rabies virus. If your animal needs a rabies vaccination, please contact your local veterinarian or you can visit the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services office located at 3005 Glenn Road. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office offers a one year rabies vaccination for $10 in cash.
Click here for the Animal Services Division Rabies Awareness video.
Click here for a map of the three locations where the rabid animals were found.