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Rabid fox bites runner in south Raleigh

Posted March 16, 2013

— A person running in south Raleigh was bit by a fox Wednesday, and on Saturday Wake County authorities issued a rabies warning after the animal was tested and found to have the disease.

"We don't want to alarm residents in south Raleigh, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, community health director for Wake County. “If you see wildlife acting unusually, including coming close to human areas, keep your distance and contact animal control.”

The attack happened in the 2100 block of Harrison Avenue.

County health officials urge people to follow these safety precautions: 

  • Do not approach animals you do not know.
  • Ensure that pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
  • Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
  •  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 a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately

Residents should report any stray or strange-acting animals.

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-856-6911
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8896
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311 

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  • GravyPig Mar 19, 2013

    Perhaps we could get together and start a fund so that the censors could buy a sense of humor. Seriously. Maybe those censors could also let the news folks know that there is a problem with an article. Just a thought.

    Of course they won't post this..... ... .. .....

    Unless they do, just to spite me.

  • 321oohaw Mar 18, 2013

    th009...Must have been another fox

  • th009 Mar 18, 2013

    Not sure how 'south Raleigh' got into the story, but the location was North Harrison Ave in Cary, near Umstead.