Wake County issues rabies notice for Wendell

From staff reportsJanuary 21, 2014 

— Wake County Environmental Services has issued a rabies notice for the area of Wood Green Drive and Deer Lake Trail in Wendell.

A state lab in Raleigh confirmed rabies in a raccoon that officials say came into contact with a dog. The notice was issued Tuesday about 3:45 p.m.

“We don’t want to alarm residents in Wendell, 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, in a press release.

The dog was not vaccinated for rabies and will be quarantined at the request of its owner, the release stated. Potentially rabid pets must by law be destroyed, unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine process.

Wendell residents with non-vaccinated animals, particularly pets, are urged to keep a close eye out for unusual behavior in their animals. Suspicious behavior can be reported to Wake County Animal Control by calling 919-212-7387.

Officials have also offered the following advice:

•  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.

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

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