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Health officials warn of rabid fox in Apex

Posted May 21, 2009 6:19 p.m. EDT

— Local health officials said a fox found in Apex near the intersection of Twin Creek Road and Old Jenks Road near the Charleston Village subdivision was found to have rabies.

They warned residents and visitors to that area about the danger to people and unvaccinated animals, particularly pets. Anyone who sees an animal acting strangely should call Wake County Animal Control at 919-856-6911.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the Apex area, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Michael Williams, animal control director for Wake County.

If you are bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water and contact your doctor or Wake County Community Health at 919-250-4462 or 919-839-3059.

Wake County Animal Control officials outlined these ways to avoid rabies infection:

  • Do not approach wildlife, especially during the daytime.
  • Get your pets 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 leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Do not leave pet food outside overnight.
  • Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
  • If your pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact your veterinarian immediately.