Rabies Found In Cat In Onslow County

Onslow County is reporting its first positive rabies case for 2012.

Onslow County Animal Services Director Alan Davis reports it was found in a domestic cat that lived in a home on Phillips Loop Road in Swansboro.

Animal control officers were called to pick up the cat, and it was quarantined. A veterinarian examined the animal, and it was placed under observation and quarantine. It was found dead in its cage on Monday and sent to the state lab for testing.

Wednesday, the state lab notified animal services that the animal tested positive.

The Onslow County Health Department and Onslow County Animal
Services recommend the following:

• Have a veterinarian vaccinate your cats and dogs each year for rabies;

• Keep pets away from wildlife, especially at night when wildlife is most active;

• Do not feed or touch wild animals. Teach children to leave wildlife alone.

• Stay away from animals that appear to be ill or are behaving strangely. Rabid animals do not always appear ill or vicious;

• Never leave pet food outside as this attracts wildlife;

• Tightly close garbage cans and dumpsters. Open trash attracts wild animals;

• If bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately clean the wound with soap and water, and seek medical attention.


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  • by rusty Location: aurora on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    the cat lived inside the home, what happens to the residents of that home now? Curious.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:04 AM
    Wow, vaccinate for rabies every year. My vet says the rabies shots my animals get are good for 3 years. When did it change to every year?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to
      the first one is good for a year then every three years.. nothing has changed
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:03 AM
    So good to see these other counties keeping people informed about the cases of Rabies. Beaufort County does not tell the people. Through the grapevine have been told there have been 3 cases here and nothing from the health dept. Why keep it secret?
  • by Andy Location: Washington on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:02 AM
    I'm assuming a "rabies cat" is the same thing as a "rabid cat". WITN might want to turn on the grammar check in addition to the spell check.
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