Animal Control officers said unvaccinated animals in the area could have been exposed. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner should call Wake County Animal Control at (919) 856-6911.
"We don't want to alarm residents in the Apex 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.
Anyone bitten or scratched by an unknown animal 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 online through the N.C. Division of Public Health (www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies.html) or through the National Center for Infectious Diseases(www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies).