Rabies

This program protects the public from rabies outbreaks. This is done by sponsoring rabies vaccination clinics, providing education, investigating animal bites, quarantining animals, and rabies testing. To report possible cases of exposure to rabies please call 336-242-2348. To report a complaint about an animal domesticated or wild, please contact the Animal Control Office

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

How to prevent rabies in animals

How to prevent rabies in people