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Suspected case of rabies reported in Cumberland County

Posted February 25, 2011

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— Cumberland County residents should be cautious because of a suspected case of rabies in a raccoon, a county spokeswoman said Thursday.

A test for rabies returned inconclusive results for a raccoon killed by three stray dogs on Horseshoe Road, between Yadkin and Summerhill roads in Fayetteville, spokeswoman Sally Shutt said. For public-safety reasons, though, it is treated as a positive case.

Residents in the area should be alert for any sick or abnormally acting animals, Shutt said.

They should also make sure their pets are vaccinated. Any pet that has been in fight outside should be handled cautiously and taken to a veterinarian.

Any person bitten or scratched by an animal should immediately wash the wound under running water for at least 10 minutes. Seek medical attention and advice, or go to the emergency room.

Notify Cumberland County Animal Services by calling 910-321-6852 Monday through Friday or the sheriff’s office at 919-323-1500 after-hours and on weekends and holidays.

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  • daisy Feb 25, 2011

    Yep...better watch out for those hood raccoons. lol

    Seriously though, I hope I don't come across any wildlife acting sickly. It seems early for these rabies reports to be happening. I thought the sighting usually cranked up in the warmer months.

  • chinacats Feb 25, 2011

    Animals with rabies could care less about being in the 'hood,' what doesn't surprise you?

  • NCStateWorker Feb 25, 2011

    Horeshoe road, last time I checked, is not the hood....more elderly people than anything. And what does that have to do with an animal with rabies??

  • LetsGetHigh Feb 25, 2011

    horseshoe road is the hood....doesn't surprise me