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Rabid cat bites two in Apex

Posted May 22, 2018 12:18 p.m. EDT

Two Apex residents were recovering Tuesday after a rabid cat bit them last week near Olive Chapel Road and New Hill Olive Chapel Road, authorities said.

Wake County Animal Control officers captured the cat and took it to the North Carolina State Laboratory for Public Health where it tested positive for rabies on Thursday.

The residents bitten by the cat have started appropriate preventive care.

Authorities advise residents to never handle wildlife or stray animals. Instead, contact Animal Control to appropriately handle the situation.

Wake County encourages pet owners to protect their pets by making sure their rabies vaccinations are up to date. The Wake County Animal Center holds rabies clinics throughout the county, providing vaccines for only $5.

Here are additional steps people can take to prevent the spread of rabies:

  • When pets are outside, they should be in a fenced-in area or on a leash. Do not leave food outside for pets, because it will also attract wildlife.
  • If you see a wild or unfamiliar animal, do not approach it, even if it seems to be behaving normally. Animals showing signs of rabies should be reported to local animal control as soon as possible.
  • Infected bats can also spread rabies. If you find a bat in a living space of your home, try to enclose it in a small room or closed-off area, and call animal control. Do not let the bat out of your house.
  • If a wild animal showing signs of rabies bites your pet and draws blood or gets in a fight with your pet, the pet is at risk for exposure to rabies. Call animal control for assistance right away. Pets that have had a rabies vaccine need to get a booster shot within 72 hours of the bite.