Rabid fox found in Wake County

July 27, 2009 9:57:26 PM PDT
Local health officials have issued a rabies notice for residents living near the intersection of Wall Road and the Wake and Franklin county line. Officials said on Sunday two dogs came in contact with a fox on Windemere Lane. On Monday, authorities confirmed the fox had rabies.

Since both dogs were up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, they only required a rabies booster shot.

"The outcome would have been quite different for the dogs and family members had these dogs not been properly vaccinated," said Wake County Animal Control Director Michael Williams. "We urge everyone to check the rabies vaccination status of their pets, and make sure they are current with vaccines."

Health officials said whenever a person is bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water and contact a physician immediately. If a pet comes in contact with wildlife, contact a veterinarian immediately.

Authorities are telling residents that if they see an animal acting in an unusual manner to call animal control.

Wake County Animal Control officials urge residents to avoid interactions with wildlife, make sure pets are current with rabies vaccinations and do not leave pets outdoors unattended.

More information on rabies visit N.C. Division of Public Health or the National Center for Infectious Diseases.


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