Following an increase in reports of possible rabies exposure and confirmed cases of rabies in the community, Wake County health officials want to remind residents to use caution around wildlife.
On Friday, May 17, 2013, Wake County received an animal bite report from WakeMed Health and Hospitals regarding a fox on the Cary Greenway, close to the entrance of the Carousel Park subdivision. The fox was not captured.
"While we cannot confirm rabies in this case, we want residents to exercise caution when they are outside," said Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford. "Do not approach an animal that you do not know."
Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call the appropriate animal control center for their jurisdiction, as follows:
- 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.
View more information about rabies here.