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Cumberland Co. reports its 15th rabies case

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Seven people living in a home on Forest Creek Drive in Fayetteville may have been exposed to a rabid bat.

Tuesday, the State Public Health Lab reported positive rabies results for a bat picked up Monday in the 200 block of Forest Creek Drive in the Cliffdale Road area.

Seven people living in the home may have been exposed and have been advised to seek medical attention. A dog in the home was also vaccinated against rabies.

The Animal Control Enforcement Division is conducting a neighborhood sweep to notify residents of the rabies case.

It is the 15th rabies case in the county since Jan. 1 and the eighth involving a bat.

All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets.  If pets are not vaccinated or are due for a booster shot, they should be taken to a local veterinarian for rabies vaccination immediately.

The first sign of rabies in animals is a change in behavior.  Animals may become aggressive, attacking for no reason, or they may become very quiet.  Wild animals can lose their fear of people and act tame.  Rabid animals may walk in a circle, drag a leg or fall over.  Some cannot swallow so they are not able to eat or drink and often drool.  Animals usually die within a week after first becoming ill.

Avoiding wild animals and keeping your distance from stray dogs and cats is the first step in preventing an animal bite.  Any pet, which appears to have been in a fight while outside, should be handled very cautiously and seen by a veterinarian.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal:

  • Immediately wash the wound under running water for at least 10 minutes with lots of soap.  Seek medical attention/advice.
  • Call Animal Control at 321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Call the Sheriff's Office at 323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.
  • Go to the emergency room.

It is also important to vaccinate your pets for rabies and keep their shots current. Pet owners are reminded that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies, as required by state law.

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