- Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012 23:26
- Written by Super User
NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Support Services Division has announced the third of four free rabies clinics this year.
This free clinic will be held Saturday September 22, 2012 from 9AM to 11AM at the New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit at 180 Division Drive.
One year rabies shots will be administered, if you request a three year rabies shot you will have to provide prior rabies history documentation. If you have any questions, please contact the Animal Services Unit at 910-798-7500.
Animals that have a current rabies vaccination at the time of exposure should be re-boostered within five days (2009 Centers for Disease Control guidelines) of exposure.
Recommendation is to euthanize exposed animals that are not current with their rabies vaccination.
There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a
bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.
Please maintain a current rabies vaccination for your pet; this is the primary defense against the spread of this fatal disease.
When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission.
Personal pets should not be handled without protection directly after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal.
You should stay away from any animal that you have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.
Feeding wildlife is ill advised. Prevention is better than reaction after the fact of exposure.
Two recent bite cases involving fox bring the total to 148 in overall cases and the 14th and 15th positive cases for 2012.
Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Department.