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Rabid raccoon found in Apex

Posted March 7, 2014

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— Wake County officials warned Apex residents near Winding Way and Friendship Road to take caution after a rabid raccoon was found in the area Thursday. The raccoon came in contact with four dogs.

“We don’t want to alarm residents in Apex, 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, the county’s community health director.

The exposed dogs had up-to-date rabies vaccinations and received booster shots, which officials say should remind owners to vaccinate their pets.

“Rabies vaccination is critical to help to prevent the spread of disease, and rabies vaccination is required by law,” said Joseph Threadcraft, the county’s environmental services director.

State law requires exposed pets without current vaccinations to be euthanized or quarantined for six months.

Officials urged Apex residents to call Wake County Animal Control if they encounter an animal acting in an unusual manner, and to call a veterinarian immediately if a pet is exposed to an animal that might be rabid.

They reminded residents not to approach or feed unknown animals or leave pet food outside and said trash should be secured in a can with a tight-fitting lid.

Officials also recommended a booster vaccine for outdoor pets.

Animal Control will host a rabies vaccine and microchip clinic on Saturday at the North Carolina DMV at 1100 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh. Vaccines will cost $5 and microchips will cost $10. For details on the event and more information on rabies, visit the Wake County Animal Center website. 


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