Yancey Co. Rabies Cases
Three raccoons test postive for the disease in Yancey County, forcing seven people to get treatment for rabies exposure. One victim saw his dog chase down a raccoon in the woods and tackle it. The owner tells News 13 he shot the raccoon and it later tested positive for rabies. His dog had to be put down and he has to take rabies shots as a precaution.
Several children are also taking the preventive shots after they may have come in contact with a rabid raccoon in their yard. Health officials are warning people to update their pets’ vaccinations and to keep a close watch on their animals.
The health director says owners should examine their outdoor pets to see if they have any unusual wounds. If they suspect any contact with another animal, use gloves to prevent exposure to rabies from the saliva.
An emergency rabies vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Saturday, June 29th at the Yancey County Humane Society shelter.
By Sherrill Barber
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