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Rabid raccoon captured in Raleigh neighborhood

Posted July 14, 2009 2:34 p.m. EDT

— Wake County health officials are warning residents near the intersection of Ten Ten Road and Graham Newton Road in Raleigh about the possibility of rabies in the area.

A raccoon which interacted with dogs near the Whitehart subdivision on July 11 was found to have rabies Monday. Both dogs were current with their vaccinations, and only required a booster shot, said Andre Pierce, environmental health and safety director for Wake County. “We urge everyone to check the rabies vaccination status of their pets, and make sure they are current with vaccines," Pierce said.

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to contact authorities.

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 212-PETS (7387)
  • In Cary, call 319-4517
  • In Garner, call 772-8896
  • In Holly Springs, call 557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 831-6311

In order to prevent rabies exposure, county animal control officials suggest:

  • Avoid interactions with wildlife.
  • Be sure pets are current with rabies vaccinations.
  • 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.
  • Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
  • If your pet comes in contact with wildlife, contact your veterinarian immediately.