Southwest Wake News

May 29, 2014

Rabid raccoon found in Apex

A rabid raccoon was found in an Apex neighborhood, marking the second rabies case in six weeks in the area.

A rabid raccoon was found in an Apex neighborhood, marking the second rabies case in six weeks in the area.

The raccoon was found in the area of New Olive Chapel Road and Olive Dairy Road, according to a news release from Wake County. The animal was sent to the state lab in Raleigh for testing, and authorities confirmed rabies on Wednesday.

Two dogs came into contact with the animal, according to the news release. The dogs were vaccinated against rabies and required a booster vaccine. State law requires potentially rabid pets to be killed unless owners agree to a six-month quarantine.

“This is the second case of rabies within this area in six weeks. People in Apex should be aware of these cases and take the necessary precautions to prevent exposure to themselves, family members and their pets,” Wake County Public Health Division Director Sue Lynn Ledford said in a statement.

To report animal complaints in Wake County, call 919-212-7387. To report in Cary, call 919-319-4517. To report in Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111.

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