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Cumberland Co. reports 4th rabies case of 2013

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

After tests on a dead fox found on Fort Bragg returned inconclusive, Cumberland County Animal Control is warning residents to stay cautious around suspicious animals.

The fox was found dead on Ardennes Road on Fort Bragg and delivered to county Animal Control for testing by the staff at the Fort Bragg Animal Control.

Tuesday afternoon, the State Public Health Lab in Raleigh reported an "unsatisfactory result" of rabies, explaining there was too much damage to the animal's brain for a conclusive test. As a result, the county Animal Control is treating the dead fox as a confirmed case of rabies.

This is the fourth case of rabies in Cumberland County since the start of the year.

Because the animal was found on base, the county will have Fort Bragg Animal Control handle the canvassing of the area with warning flyers.

Cumberland County Animal Control cautions that all pet owners should check the vaccination status of their pets.

"If pets are not vaccinated or are due for a booster shot, they should be taken to a local veterinarian for rabies vaccination immediately," the county says.

Cumberland County is hosting discount rabies vaccination clinics every Tuesday and Thursday in April. In Cumberland County, the owners of dog and cats older than four months that have not been vaccinated are subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $100.

Details about the clinics can be found here: http://www.co.cumberland.nc.us/health/healthy_tips/rabies_clinics.aspx

Brandon Herring

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