Horses that test positive for rabies in Gaston County are rare in the United States, experts say.
Gaston County police say the animal has died and no injuries have been reported.
However, people in the surrounding area have been warned to be wary of pets that show signs of rabies, including aggression, police said in a news release.
Investigators say the infection was discovered last week by a veterinarian who was treating a “sick horse” at 300 blocks on Robert Road in Cherryville. It is about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte.
“Veterinarians have detailed that sick horses show signs of rabies,” police officials said. “The horse died and was sent to the Griffin Institute for Animal Diseases Monroe … The horse specimen tested positive for rabies.”
Other horses on the farm have been vaccinated against rabies and “have been in observation with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture,” police said.
Neighbors on Robert Road, Backfrey Lee Road and Roy Eker Road in Cherryville have been warned of the infection, officials said.
Rabies infections in horses are “rare” and are part of it (30-60 cases) Of the approximately 7,000 cases of rabies reported annually in the United States, the University of Kentucky reports.
Gaston County officials are investigating how the horse was infected. According to police, this is the third rabies case in the county this year.
Rabies is a virus Attack the nervous system Deadly, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. “When the saliva, blood, and nerve tissue of an infected animal comes into contact with broken skin and mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, it spreads,” the state said.
Animal symptoms include aggression, chewing tendency, excessive drooling and “Bubbling in the mouth” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.