Wake County is taking measures to limit the impact of rabies exposures following a laboratory confirmed case earlier this week in the Garner area in a white Akita named Susie. Two more people and seven dogs have been confirmed to have had significant contact with the animal that had rabies in the days before it showed symptoms of the disease.
Significant contact includes a bite, being licked on the face or saliva in a wound or mucous membrane. Rabies is not transmitted by petting an animal.
The table shows all of the confirmed exposures and the steps that have been taken to protect the public:
|Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|Wednesday, August 15, 2012
||4 Getting Boosters, 3 Euthanized|
|Thursday, August 16, 2012
State law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine.
People who are exposed to rabies receive a series of shots to prevent the disease from impacting their brain and infecting them. The process will require four treatments over the next 14 days.
“It can be difficult to prevent interactions between pets and wildlife; it is important, and the law in North Carolina, to vaccinate pets against rabies,” said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health Director for Wake County. “If your pet has been properly vaccinated against rabies and comes into contact with a potentially rabid animal, it needs a rabies vaccine booster shot within 72 hours of that contact.”
Anyone who was in or near the intersection of Big Buck Lane and Bushy Branch Drive in Garner between Thursday, July 26, and Saturday, August 11, 2012, and had significant contact with the dog, Susie, should contact their physician right away.
Susie is described as a 65-pound white Akita with a brindle eye and black muzzle.
The County will hold a rabies vaccination clinic on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Quest Fellowship Church, 5120 Raynor Road in Garner. Rabies vaccines will be $5. All pets must be restrained at the clinic, on either a leash or carrier. This is for your safety and your pet's. For a 3-year vaccine, you must bring written proof of previous vaccination; tags alone will not be accepted. We accept cash and checks only.
Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-7387 (PETS). Wake County 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.
- 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 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
Prior to this week, the last reported case of rabies in Wake County was in May in Zebulon.