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Rabies notice issued for Swift Creek Township in Wake County

Posted August 23, 2010 10:51 p.m. EDT

— Health officials issued a rabies notice Monday for residents along Oxford Green Drive in the Swift Creek Township, after a case of rabies was confirmed in a raccoon.

Wake County officials said the raccoon interacted with a rabies vaccinated dog that received a booster after the incident.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the Swift Creek Township 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