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Avoid strange animals and other tips to minimize rabies risk

Posted July 9, 2018 2:27 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2018 3:30 p.m. EDT

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Rabid animals – dogs, foxes, even squirrels – create a danger to humans by passing on the rabies infection, which can be fatal if untreated. While cases of rabies in humans are rare in the United States, prevention is the best medicine.

Anyone who sees unusual animal behavior in Wake County should call 919-212-7387.

Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:

• Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
• Residents should ensure their 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.
• If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.