Burlington, N.C. — Alamance County reported its third case of rabies on December 23.
Animal control was notified of a dog bite involving three people near Hester Road in Burlington, officials said.
Once animal control picked the dog up, it was euthanized for humane reasons and later tested positive for rabies. Four other dogs were involved in the incident that animal control responded to. Two of the dogs were up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Those two dogs received vaccination boosters are are under a 45-day quarantine, according to Alamance County officials.
If you live in the area of Hester Road in Burlington and have pets, the health department is urging you to examine your pet for any wounds or signs they have come in contact with the infected dog. If you believe your pet has come in contact with this dog, notify Alamance County Animal Control.
Last year, the county saw seven animal cases of rabies.
North Carolina requires that cats and dogs be vaccinated against rabies, officials said.
Alamance County officials warn if you are bitten by an animal to:
- Wash the wound with soap and running water for 10 minutes
- Write down where you bit and a description of the animal
- Do not try to catch any wild or stray animal