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Rabies notice issued for Swift Creek Township in Wake County

Posted August 23, 2010

— Health officials issued a rabies notice Monday for residents along Oxford Green Drive in the Swift Creek Township, after a case of rabies was confirmed in a raccoon.

Wake County officials said the raccoon interacted with a rabies vaccinated dog that received a booster after the incident.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the Swift Creek Township area, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," Michael Williams, director of Wake County Animal Control, said in a statement.

Whenever persons are bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water and contact their physicians immediately.

Wake County Animal Control officials urge the following:

  • Residents should not approach wildlife, especially during the daytime.
  • Residents should make sure their pets have current rabies vaccinations. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
  • Do not leave trash or food outside unless 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 an animal that might be rabid, contact your veterinarian immediately.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call -919-212-PETS (7387)
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8810
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311

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  • rescuefan Aug 24, 2010

    Sorry, that is Optimist Farm, I was thinking of Johnson Pond.

    Hey, if they're calling Brentwood Mini City now, then West Lake must be Swift Creek. LOL

  • TrippM Aug 24, 2010

    Not sure why they call this area Swift Creek township. We get our mail from Apex and we're in Cary's ETJ. It was my dog that the raccoon tangled with. It happened about 1:30 Saturday afternoon. We're close to the West Lake schools.

  • redpack75 Aug 24, 2010

    That should be Optimist Farm Rd, not Pond.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Aug 24, 2010

    rescuefan...is that correct? Does it include the area where Swift Creek Elem is near Crossroads?

  • rescuefan Aug 24, 2010

    "where is this? (Map, maybe?)"

    Off from Bells Lake between 1010 and Optimist Pond Rd.

  • karibritt01 Aug 24, 2010

    Yes, they caught the racoon. But there is no telling how many animals it could have infected before being captured.

  • morgannyy Aug 24, 2010

    where is this? (Map, maybe?)

  • froggytroat Aug 24, 2010

    >>Did they catch the rabid raccoon???

    They had to if they confirmed it was rabid...

  • marathonk Aug 24, 2010

    The only way to determine if animal is rabid, is to capture it, euthanize it, and examine/test the brain.

  • Tax Man Aug 24, 2010

    Did they catch the rabid raccoon???