May 12

More rabies cases could pop up in Moore County

The Moore County Health Department says two confirmed cases of rabies may not be the last. The disease, which attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animal, is a cyclical thing. Animal Control Officer Al Carter says last year’s total of eight verified cases out of 59 specimens sent to the state lanb in Raleigh was the largest number in eight years. So far this year a pair of raccoons, the most common carriers of rabies, have tested positive. Foxes, skunks and bats also can carry the disease. Vaccinations are essential to protect pets against rabies and Carter emphasizes that one shot is not enough. The Vaccines,” he says, “must be kept up to date.”
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