Rabies notice issued for Wake Forest

July 6, 2010 9:10:33 PM PDT
Local health officials have issued a rabies notice for residents and visitors in the vicinity of Stony Hill Road, near Rivermead and Stonewyck lanes in Wake Forest. A case of rabies was confirmed Tuesday in a fox.

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

Wake County Animal Control officials are urging residents to not approach wildlife, especially during the daytime.

They also say residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.

If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.

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.

More information on rabies may be found on the N.C. Division of Public Health's website at www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/vet.html or through the National Center for Infectious Diseases www.cdc.gov/rabies/.

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-7387 (PETS).

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