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Rabies Information - About Rabies


Rabies is a disease caused by the rabies virus. It may take several weeks or even a few years for people to show symptoms after getting infected with rabies, but usually people start to show signs of the disease 1 to 3 months after the virus infects them. The early signs of rabies can be fever or headache, but this changes quickly to nervous system signs, such as confusion, sleepiness, or agitation. Once someone with rabies infection starts having these symptoms, that person usually does not survive. This is why it is very important to talk to your doctor or health care provider right away if any animal bites you, especially a wild animal (From the Centers for Disease Control).

REMEMBER: All dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by Iredell County Ordinance to be vaccinated against rabies starting at the age of 3 months.
REMEMBER: If a rabies vaccinated animal is exposed to a rabid animal, the vaccinated animal must receive a booster vaccination within 5 days of the initial exposure. Failure to obtain the booster vaccination within 5 days can result in the exposed animal being euthanized or quarantined for six months at the owner’s expense.
REMEMBER: In Iredell County, there is a $75.00 citation per animal for owners who do not have their dog, cat or ferret immunized against rabies

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Rabies vaccinations can be obtained at your local veterinarian or at Iredell County Animal Services and Control. Your pet can be vaccinated at Iredell County Animal Services and Control on the second Tuesday of each month between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm for a fee of $6.00.  One year vaccines are offered for a fee of $10.00 Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm.  Iredell County Animal Services and Control is located off Interstate 40 exit 148 at 430 Bristol Dr. in Statesville. For more information on rabies vaccinations or to report a stray animal, call: (704)878-5424.