Anyone Bitten or Scratched by Unknown Animals Should Call 919-856-6911
Wake County encourages people to be aware of the risks of rabies in the community after a runner was attacked by a rabid fox in the 2100 block of Harrison Avenue in Raleigh
. The person was attacked on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, and began receiving a series of post-exposure anti-rabies vaccinations to prevent them from contracting rabies. The fox was tested by the State Lab in Raleigh and rabies was confirmed.
"We don't want to alarm residents of South Raleigh, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County. "If you see wildlife acting unusually, including coming close to human areas, keep your distance and contact animal control."
"As the weather warms up, people and animals become more active and this could lead to increased instances of rabies in the community," said Dr. Jennifer Federico, Animal Services director for Wake County. "Vaccinating pets for rabies is critical to help to prevent the spread of disease, and is required by law in North Carolina."
Wake County 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.
- Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
- If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.
To report a stray or an animal acting in an unusual manner:
- In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-856-6911.
- 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.
Wake County will hold its next rabies vaccination and microchip clinic on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Willow Springs. Details can be found on the Wake County Animal Center website
. During this clinic rabies vaccines will be available for $5 and microchips will be available for $10.