Rabies confirmed in dog that bit Hickory vet clinic worker

An employee at a Hickory veterinary clinic faces medical treatment to prevent rabies after being bitten by an infected dog, according to Hickory police.

Police said they were contacted Nov. 26 after an employee at the Emergency Vet Clinic on U.S. 321 was bitten by a dog that had been brought to the facility from western Lincoln County for treatment.

The dog was tested for rabies at the N.C. Public Health Laboratory, and state officials told Hickory police Tuesday that the test came back positive.

Rabies, a usually fatal disease of the central nervous system in mammals, is treated in humans with a series of five injections.