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Rabies confirmed in Hillsborough bat

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -

Orange County has received its 15th confirmed case of rabies this year.

On Monday, June 23, a Hillsborough resident noticed her two dogs paying close attention to a spot in the backyard. The resident found a bat and immediately called Animal Control to have the bat removed.

Both dogs involved in this case were currently vaccinated against rabies and will only have to receive a booster shot, which is required by state law.

“Awareness and prevention are always important, but especially given the current upswing in rabies cases in Orange County,” Animal Services Director Bob Marotto said in a written release. “Pet owners need to be absolutely sure that their dogs, cats, and ferrets are currently vaccinated against rabies and do not have opportunities to come into contact with wildlife,” Marotto added.

If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic takes place on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Piedmont Feed Center located at 4805 N.C. Highway 54 West in Chapel Hill. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10. The clinic at the Piedmont Feed Center is a cash only clinic.

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