RALEIGH (WTVD) --Wake County Animal Control says two baby raccoons found at the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and Ten Ten Road on Tuesday tested positive for rabies.
A wildlife officer called to deal with them was scratched and will have to undergo treatment.
Officials say it's important to make sure your pet's rabies vaccinations are up to date in case they're exposed to rabid animals.
"Preventing rabies and keeping pets safe goes beyond vaccination," said Wake County Public Health Division Director, Dr. Sue Lynn Ledford. "While enjoying time outdoors, owners should make sure their pets are safe from wild animals. Keep pets within a fenced-in area, or make sure that they are on a leash when outdoors in an open area such as a park or hiking trail."
Rabies is most commonly transmitted from animal to animal, particularly through bites or scratches.
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death, but with prompt medical care, rabies is 100 percent preventable.
The Wake County Animal Center holds rabies clinics throughout the county, providing vaccines for only $5. Additional information, including a complete list of upcoming clinics, can be found on the Animal Center website.
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 919-772-8896
- In Holly Springs, call 919-557-911
- In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311
For more information, visit wakegov.com/pets/health/rabies