CHERRYVILLE, N.C. — Investigators in Gaston County are attempting to determine how a horse contracted rabies.
The rabid horse was at a farm in Cherryville in Gaston County, which is about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte.
The an infection was found by a veterinarian who was treating “a sick horse” final Wednesday.
“The veterinarian detailed the sick horse was displaying indicators of rabies,” county police mentioned. “The horse died and was despatched to Griffin Animal Illness Lab Monroe. The horse specimen examined optimistic for rabies.”
Authorities mentioned the proprietor has two canines which can be present on rabies vaccinations, however they’ll obtain a booster shot for his or her present rabies vaccinations. The farm’s different horses are being given a rabies vaccination and are being noticed.
This marked the third confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this yr.
There are about 30 to 60 rabies circumstances amongst horses every year in the USA, in accordance with a College of Kentucky report. The nation sees practically 7,000 rabies circumstances yearly total.
The Rabies virus assaults the nervous system and will be unfold by means of fluids that embody saliva and blood. Signs can embody aggressiveness, an inclination to chew and extreme drool or “foaming on the mouth.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.