Raleigh raccoon tests positive for rabies

From staff reportsSeptember 24, 2013 

— Wake County health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a raccoon in southwest Raleigh.

State tests confirmed the virus on Monday, according to a press release from the county.

“We don’t want to alarm residents in Raleigh, 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 the county. “Do not approach an animal that you don’t know.”

The raccoon was found near Beehnon Way and Tryon Pines Drive, between Lake Wheeler Road and Interstate 40.

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner should stay away from the animal and call their city or town’s animal control office. In the county, call 919-212-7387. If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately. Pet owners should ensure their animals have current rabies vaccinations.

The next rabies vaccination clinic is Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, 1100 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh. Vaccines will be available for $5, and microchips for $10. For more information, go to wakegov.com/pets/health/rabies.

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