Rabid fox bites runner in south Raleigh
Posted March 16, 2013
Cary, N.C. — 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