Rabies notice issued for Triangle town

June 7, 2010 6:09:42 PM PDT
Health officials have issued a rabies notice for residents in Rouse Road and Piney Grove-Wilbon Road in Holly Springs.A case of rabies was confirmed on Monday, in a fox.

Animal Control officers are concerned about possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, particularly pets, in the area.

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

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

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-856-6911 or their local Animal Control agency.

More information on rabies visit the N.C. Division of Public Health website at www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies.html or the National Center for Infectious Diseases www.cdc.gov/rabies/.

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