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Rabies case confirmed in Cumberland County

Posted February 2, 2011 1:38 p.m. EST
Updated February 2, 2011 1:45 p.m. EST

— A raccoon killed by a dog Tuesday in Cumberland County has tested positive for rabies, the county’s animal control said Wednesday.

The dog’s owners took the dead animal to Cumberland County Animal Services Department on Tuesday, and results from the State Public Health Lab confirmed the virus in the animal.

The raccoon had been on Tabor Church Road in the Cedar Creek area when it was killed, and Cumberland County public health officials are urging residents in the area to remain alert for sick or abnormal-acting wildlife and to update their pets’ vaccinations immediately, if necessary.

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Cumberland County Animal Services at 910-321-6852 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Cumberland County Sherriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 after 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays.

Animals with rabies symptoms can become aggressive and attack for no reason, but they can also be quiet, walk in circles or drool. Wild animals infected with the virus can appear tame.

Cumberland County Animal Services advises residents to keep themselves and their pets away from wild and stray animals and to not keep them outdoors unattended.