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Rabies alert issued in Wake Forest

Posted July 6, 2010

— Wake County health officials issued a rabies alert Tuesday for residents in the vicinity of the Stony Hill Road, near Rivermead Lane and Stonewyck Lane in Wake Forest.

A rabid fox was found Tuesday in the area, officials said.

Animal Control officers are concerned about possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, particularly pets, in the area. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Community Health at 919-250-4462 during the day or  919-839-3059 after business hours.

If you see a potentially rabid animal

Whenever a person is bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water, and contact their physician or county health department immediately.

Animal control officials urge the following:

  • Avoid interactions with wildlife.
  • Be sure pets are current with rabies vaccinations.
  • Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
  • If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
  • Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
  • If your pet comes in contact with wildlife, contact your veterinarian immediately.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 212-PETS (7387)
  • In Cary, call 319-4517
  • In Garner, call 772-8896
  • In Holly Springs, call 557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 831-6311
  • In Cumberland County, call 910-321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.

More information on rabies can be found online through the N.C. Division of Public Health.


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  • robwhumphreys Jul 7, 2010

    Context of phone numbers above are incorrect. Community Health is ONLY to be called when a person comes in contact with the animal.

    Call the following if you have a suspected animal with rabies in your area:

    Inside Raleigh city limits: 919.831.6311
    Wake County (outside city limits): 919.250.1475 *

    *If you're outtisde the city limits and have a dead animal or one suspected of disease, you're on your own. You must call a private agency to remove/dispose. Hope this helps!

  • rescuefan Jul 6, 2010

    "kill that fox, dont call no one

    Really? So if you kill the fox and it's rabid and don't bother to call the authorities, you should be held liable for any medical bills for anyone who might have been exposed to this animal.

  • Opinionated1 Jul 6, 2010

    darlenerivera2000, I agree with you. The only call I would make is for them to come pick up a dead fox.

  • tictock Jul 6, 2010

    Thanks to Rolesville Veterinary Clinic...my dog and two cats were vaccinated for rabies free of charge for being the first 100 pets to show up for their rabies clinic on June 26th!

  • darlenerivera2000 Jul 6, 2010

    kill that fox, dont call no one