Catawba County has confirmed its second rabies case of the year, after a bat found in a northwest Hickory home tested positive for the disease.
Hickory animal control officers were dispatched to the home on Wednesday, and the bat’s remains were shipped to the N.C. Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh that night. The lab notified Catawba County on Friday afternoon of the results.
Animal Services reminded pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round.
Pets should be vaccinated for rabies, and people should avoid contact with wild animals, officials warned. One form of rabies may cause a wild animal to lose its normal fear of humans and approach or attack.
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For details on rabies or rabies vaccinations, call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.