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Rabies Cases On The Rise

Posted July 26, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— July 27, 1996 - 11:45 a.m. EDT

Over the past few years rabies cases have been increasing in North Carolina, and today there's a warning for a Wake County neighborhood.

A rabid cat bit a construction worker in the Apex subdivision of Amherst, and authorities were called. The cat then attacked a police officer, who killed the cat. But there's a possibility of a second rabid cat in the area.

Both men are being treated with a series of shots.

Most cases of rabies involve raccoons. Animal control officers say if you are bitten by a stray or unfamiliar animal, wash the wound, get medical help immediately and contact your local animal control officer.

Over the past six years, rabies cases have been reported in 53 of North Carolina's 100 counties. Eight counties were added to that list just this year