The Brunswick County Health Department reported in a press release that a bobcat went on an attack rampage earlier this month in Oak Island and was later found to carry the rabies virus. Fortunately, no individuals were exposed to the virus.
On August 17, 2012, a man saw a bobcat chasing his dog on Long Beach Road on Oak Island. The bobcat took a single swipe at the dog and then ran into the woods. Approximately an hour later, the same bobcat attacked a man who was in his yard. The man retrieved a tire iron, threw it at the cat and killed it.
Neither man had direct contact with the cat and they did not require rabies treatment. The owner of the dog dog was careful not to expose himself to saliva while tending to his dog. The dog was current with its rabies vaccinations and only required a booster shot.
The bobcat was sent to the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh and it tested positive for rabies. This marks the fourth case of rabies in the Brunswick county this year.
Photo credit (from Tuscon AZ)