Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Raleigh; came in contact with dog

Wake County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog in Raleigh on Monday, police said.

Animal control crews responded to a report of a raccoon acting strangely along the 4100 block of Mangrove Drive. The raccoon was secured and tested positive for rabies, police said.

The dog it came in contact with had a current rabies vaccination.

“The owner was provided with counseling concerning appropriate steps that should be taken,” a news release said.

Wake County health officials offered the following tips:

  • 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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