Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Wake County

A young raccoon watches visitors to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, in Buxton, N.C., Monday, May 31, 1999 (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)

Wake County officials issued a warning on Friday evening after rabies was confirmed in a raccoon.

Authorities said people who live in the area closest to the intersection of Mt. Vernon Church and Leslie Drive should be cautious.

The raccoon tested positive for rabies on Thursday after it was taken to the state lab in Raleigh for testing.

Officials said there was no known human or animal contact with the raccoon.

"We don't want to alarm residents in who live near the Mt. Vernon Church and Leslie Drive area, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County. "Do not approach an animal that you don't know."

Animal Control officers expressed concern for unvaccinated pets in the Northern Wake County area, and urged pet owners to get animals their current rabies shots at a local veterinarian's office.

Anyone who sees an animal acting unusually should call animal control.

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