Rabid raccoon found in Apex

January 18, 2014 

— Rabies was confirmed in a raccoon in Apex on Friday, after coming into contact with a family and pets.

One of the pets had not been vaccinated. State law requires potentially rapid pets to be quarantined for six months or else killed.

The Wake County health director said Saturday that the raccoon was in the area of Winding Way and Friendship Road. The animal was taken to the state lab in Raleigh for testing.

Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford said people mistakenly believe that pets that are kept indoors don’t have to be vaccinated for rabies, but they do.

The department asks anyone who sees an animal acting unusual to contact animal control at 929-212-PETS (7387).

“We don’t want to alarm residents of Apex, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets,” Ledford said.

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