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Rabies Alert Issued in Apex

Posted June 6, 2007

— Wake County public health officials issued a rabies alert Wednesday for the Apex area.

A raccoon killed by a dog Tuesday near the Segdemoor subdivision off Ten Ten Road tested positive for rabies. The dog hasn't been vaccinated against rabies and will have to be euthanized or quarantined for six months, officials said.

"We don't want to alarm residents in Apex, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," Gibbie Harris, Wake County Community Health director, said in a statement. "Anyone living in or visiting the area, who has been scratched or bitten by an animal they do not know should call our clinic."

The daytime phone number for Wake County Community Health is 919-250-4462; the after-hours number is 919-839-3059.

Wake County Animal Control officials urged residents to take the following precautions: Don't approach wildlife, especially during the daytime; ensure pets have current rabies vaccinations; don't leave trash or food outside unless in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid; don't leave food outside overnight for pets; don't leave pets outdoors unattended; contact a veterinarian if a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid.


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  • nrsnan Jun 6, 2007

    Where I used to live, all of your pets had to have a "dog license" or "cat license" from the couty you lived in and in order to have that, your pet had to be vaccinated. The fines were extremely high if you didn't register your pet and you were caught. The licenses themselves were only a dollar or two, but it was a way for the county to make sure all pets were innoculated. I know there is a "trend" for some pet owners to not vaccinate their animals each year, instead opting for drawing a titer to prove protection from the diseases, however, I think it is an awfully inexpensive way to make sure your pet stays healthy and safe is to vaccinate as recommended by your vet!! No excuses for this dog to not be protected!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 6, 2007

    There's no excuse. I use those clinics all the time for my pets. They are a great community service and anybody can afford $5! If not, you have no business having a pet.

  • cocker_mom Jun 6, 2007

    Rabies shots are about $20. $5 if you can find a rabies clinic sponsored by the county. HOW do pet owners not get their dogs vaccinated? Now the dog will most likely die because of it's owners negligence - as many don't have the funds to board the dog with a veterinarian for 6 months (and it's terrible on the dog). Completely preventable and so sad. Keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations - ESPECIALLY RABIES. Upcoming rabies clinics can be found here: http://www.wakegov.com/pets/events/clinics.htm