On Thursday, a resident of the 1000 block of Valleystone Drive came into contact with a fox on her property. Wake County has issued a rabies notice for people living in the vicinity of the High House Road and Davis Drive intersection.
Police took the dead animal for testing to the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. Tests on the animal showed that it was infected with the rabies virus.
The homeowner is now undergoing treatment since she was exposed to the rabid fox.
County health officials want to remind residents to use caution around wildlife. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call the appropriate animal control agency.
Animal Control officials urge the following:
- Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
- 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.
- Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
- Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
- If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
- Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
- If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.
If you suspect a rabid animal, or have a wild animal in your home, contact Cary Animal Control immediately at (919) 319-4517.
The last reported case of rabies in Cary was August 2012.