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Rabies notice issued for some Fuquay-Varina residents

Posted August 25, 2010 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated August 25, 2010 5:35 p.m. EDT

— Health officials issued a rabies notice Wednesday for residents in the vicinity of Stewart Street in Fuquay-Varina, after a case of rabies was confirmed in a raccoon.

Wake County officials said the raccoon interacted with an unvaccinated dog that will have to be quarantined for six months or euthanized.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the Fuquay-Varina area, 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.

Whenever persons are bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water and contact their physicians immediately.

Wake County Animal Control officials urge the following:

  • Residents should not approach wildlife, especially during the daytime.
  • Residents should make sure their pets have current rabies vaccinations. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
  • Do not leave trash or food outside unless 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 an animal that might be rabid, contact your veterinarian immediately.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call -919-212-PETS (7387)
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8810
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311