Rabies cases confirmed in Catawba and Gaston counties

Rabies cases were confirmed this week in Catawba and Gaston counties, one involving a fox and the other a raccoon.

Gaston County Animal Control workers are canvassing a Gastonia neighborhood for pet rabies vaccinations after rabies was confirmed in a fox.

On May 24, a resident of the Logan Patrick Court area called the Gaston County Police Animal Control Division to report a fox that was acting aggressively and appeared fearless, Gaston County police Capt. W.S. Melton Jr. said Friday.

Animal Control workers impounded the fox, and the N.C. Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh confirmed the animal was rabid.

The fox was the second case of rabies in the county this year.

Catawba County recorded its sixth case of rabies in 2015, after a raccoon attacked a resident in southwest Hickory on Wednesday, Hickory police said Friday.

The state lab confirmed Friday that the raccoon had rabies, police said.

The resident was attacked in the area of Sixth Avenue Southwest shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday and has been advised to seek medical attention for possible rabies exposure, police said.