Anyone Bitten or Scratched by Unknown Animals Should Call Animal Control
Wake County would like to inform people who live in the vicinity of three Wake County locations:
that rabies has been confirmed in those areas.
For the Apex location, rabies was confirmed in a raccoon on Friday, January 17, 2014. The raccoon came in contact with a family and their pets. For the Wendell location, rabies was confirmed in a raccoon on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The raccoon came in contact with a dog. Finally, for the Raleigh location, rabies was confirmed in a raccoon on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. A dog was exposed to the raccoon.
Wake County Animal Control responded to the Apex and Wendell cases, while Raleigh Animal Control responded to the Raleigh case. Each raccoon was taken to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing.
"We don't want to alarm residents in these areas, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County.
The Raleigh case involved a vaccinated dog, which required a booster vaccine, but in the Apex and Wendell cases one of the family pets was not vaccinated for rabies. State law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine.
"All pets are required by law to receive the rabies vaccination," said Wake Environmental Services Director Joseph Threadcraft. "Many people believe that inside pets do not need to be vaccinated for rabies, and that is not the case. Vaccinating your pets is critical in helping prevent the spread of disease."
Animal Control officers are concerned about possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, particularly pets, in the Apex, Raleigh and Wendell areas. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control. Animal Control officials urge the following:
Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.
To report animal complaints and stray animals:
In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-PETS (7387).
In Cary, call 919-319-4517.
In Garner, call 919-772-8896.
In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111.
In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.
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