Iredell County on Tuesday confirmed its seventh rabies case this year – and the first in the Mooresville area – in a raccoon near the 1600 block of Landis Highway (N.C. 152).
The closest other case to southern Iredell was in a raccoon in the 400 block of East Monbo Road in Troutman in February. The other cases were north of Statesville in two raccoons and three skunks.
The county had four confirmed cases in 2013, 13 in 2012 and seven in 2011.
Pets aren’t protected from rabies until 28 days after their first rabies vaccination, Iredell health and animal control officials reminded residents in a phone message alert.
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Rabies vaccinations are available from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the animal shelter on Bristol Drive in Statesville for $10, with no appointment necessary. Rabies vaccinations are also available at veterinarian offices.
Pets or stray animals with suspected exposure to rabies should be reported to Iredell County Animal Services and Control at 704-878-5335.