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The first case of rabies in Haywood County in 2008 has been confirmed in the Clyde area near the Shook House museum.

On Monday, May 5, a rabid raccoon attacked a dog on Monday, May 5. The raccoon was killed by the dog owner and the dog’s rabies vaccine was current. On Wednesday, May 7 Haywood County Animal Control officers distributed fliers to residents and businesses in a three-mile area near the Shook House to make citizens aware of the rabies case. Animal Control and the Haywood County Health Department are encouraging pet owners within a three-mile radius of the Shook House Museum to keep their pets on their property and to make sure their rabies vaccines are current.

 

Beginning on Monday, May 13, Haywood County Animal Control and the Haywood County Health Department will sponsor a week-long series of Rabies Clinics to encourage citizens to get their pets vaccinated.

 

According to North Carolina law, in order for a rabies vaccine to be current, all dogs and cats four months old and older must be vaccinated against rabies. North Carolina courts have ruled that to be in compliance with the law, the rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

 

The clinics will be held May 12-16 at the following locations:

 
  • Canton Middle School…………….….…………….. Mon. May 12, 2008
  • Jonathan Valley School.………………...……………Tue, May 13, 2008
Beaverdam Community Center
  • Hazelwood Elementary School ..…………………… Wed,  May 14, 2008
  • Bethel Middle School……………..…………………. Thur,  May 15, 2008
  • Riverbend Elementary School………….…………… Fri,  May  16, 2008

The cost per vaccine is $6. The clinics will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. In addition, many Haywood County veterinarians will offer rabies shots for $6 during normal business hours on each of the clinic days.

 

For more information on rabies in Haywood County, please contact Animal Control at 456-5338 or the county Health Department at 452-6675. There is also a wealth of information on rabies available on the web from the Epidemiology Division of North Carolina Public Health at www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies/, or from the federal Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ .

 

David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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