Burlington, North Carolina -Alamance County reported its third case of rabies on December 23.
Officials said the animal control department was told that three people had been bitten by dogs near Hester Road in Burlington.
Once the animal control picked up the dog and euthanized it for humanitarian reasons, it was subsequently positive for rabies. The Animal Control Department responded to the incident, and four other dogs were also involved. The vaccines for the two dogs are up to date.
According to Alamance County officials, the two dogs that received the booster vaccine are undergoing 45 days of isolation.
If you live in the area of Hester Road in Burlington and have pets, the health department will urge you to check if your pet has any wounds or signs of contact with an infected dog. If you think your pet has been in contact with this dog, please notify the Alamans County Animal Control Bureau.
Last year, 7 animal cases of rabies were detected in the county.
Officials said North Carolina requires rabies vaccination for cats and dogs.
Alamance County officials warn you if you were bitten by an animal:
- Wash the wound with soap and running water for 1
- Write a description of where you bite and the animal
- Do not try to catch any wild or stray animals