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Rabies alert issued for northern Wake County

Posted February 24, 2011 7:45 a.m. EST

— A rabies alert has been issued for northern Wake County after a rabid raccoon came into contact with a pet dog, county health officials said Wednesday.

The raccoon was found around Dehijuston Court in the Ravens Ridge subdivision, near Falls of Neuse and Ravens Ridge roads. The dog it interacted with was not vaccinated and has been removed from the neighborhood.

Animal Control officers said they are concerned about the possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, especially pets.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the vicinity of the interaction, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," Michael Williams, director of Wake County Animal Control, said in a statement. 

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-7387.

If you are bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water. Contact your doctor or Wake County Community Health immediately. The daytime phone number for Wake County Community Health is 919-250-4462; the after-hours number is 919-839-3059.