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Rabies notice issued for western Wake County

Posted August 6, 2008

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— Health officials issued a rabies notice Wednesday for residents along N.C. 55, near Jenks Road, after a case of rabies was confirmed in a raccoon.

County officials are also investigating the possible exposure of a stray cat that lives near where the raccoon was found.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the Western Wake County area, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Gibbie Harris, Wake County Community Health director.

"Anyone living in or visiting the area, who has been scratched or bitten by an animal they do not know, should call our clinic. Our nurses will be able to assess if they need to seek medical treatment."

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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  • cem2523 Aug 8, 2008

    Wake County offers rabies vaccines for $5.00 at their clinics. Info is located on website: http://www.wakegov.com/pets/events/clinics.htm

  • Adelinthe Aug 7, 2008

    If this state and county really cared about its residents, they would allow us to purchase and administer the vaccine ourselves, like they do in many other states.

    Instead, it takes a vet visit which many can't afford...and don't say if you can't afford it you should give away your pet. For poor people, especially the elderly, a pet is the only comfort and solace they have because society has let them down.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • bige9999 Aug 7, 2008

    Hey John, The story is newsworthy if you live less than a quarter of a mile from where the racoon was found.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 6, 2008

    Once an animal contracts rabies, how long is it between the time they are contagious and the time they die?

  • emaleth Aug 6, 2008

    There have been several cases of rabies around here this summer. The best defense is common sense - vaccinate your animals, or don't allow them to roam outside.

  • John Aug 6, 2008

    Boy this is real news worthy! Good to know that they are investigating stray cats these days.