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Cary confirms first case of rabies in 2014

Posted October 7, 2014 10:17 a.m. EDT

— Animal control officials in Cary have confirmed the town's first case of rabies in more than a year.

On Friday, a homeowner in the 100 block of Hilary Place reported an aggressive raccoon. Cary police responded, euthanized the animal and took it to the state Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for testing.

Cary officials were notified Monday that the raccoon was infected with rabies.

The homeowner and a child present were not bitten by the raccoon, and no pets had contact with the animal.

"Witnesses suggest the raccoon may have been in the neighborhood for a few hours prior to its being reported, so we're asking others in the area to give us a call if they encountered the raccoon," Cary police major Scott Davis said in a statement.

The last positive rabies test in Cary was in August 2013.

Cary police also offered the following rabies reminders:

  • Use caution when dealing with suspicious animals or pets that may have come in contact with a suspicious animal.
  • Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured animals.
  • Avoid all bodily fluids, especially saliva.
  • Per state law, have your pets vaccinated against the disease.
  • Seek help immediately if you or your pets are bitten by any animal, and notify officials as soon as possible.
  • If you suspect a rabid animal, or have a wild animal in the heated living areas of your home, contact Town of Cary Animal Control immediately at 919-319-4517.