Deer tests positive for rabies

A rare case of rabies in a deceased deer has been confirmed in Cherokee County.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission had received multiple reports of dead deer around water sources and dying deer with trouble standing up, no fear of humans and lack of coordination. Of two deer tested for rabies, only one tested positive.

Rabies can affect any mammal species. People should avoid handling or eating any animal that appears to be sick, wear latex or rubber clubs while field dressing, minimize handling of the brain and spinal cord, keep pets away while field dressing, wash thoroughly after field dressing and request that meat be processed away from the meat of other animals.

If you encounter a deer exhibiting disease symptoms or come across a deceased deer with alopecia on its head, call the Commission’s N.C. Wildlife Helpline at 866.318.2401 weekdays from 8 am. to 5 p.m., or 800.662.7137 on weekends.

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