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Raccoon in Raleigh tests positive for rabies

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Wake County health officials are warning Raleigh residents about a confirmed case of rabies in a raccoon in the 500 block of Hurmax Lane.

The rabies was confirmed on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

"We don't want to alarm residents in Raleigh, 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.

Two dogs were exposed to the raccoon. One of the dogs was vaccinated for rabies and required a booster vaccine. The other dog was not vaccinated. State law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support six-month quarantine.

"We encourage pet owners to comply with the North Carolina law and keep their pet's rabies vaccinations current, including their indoor pets," said Wake Animal Services Director Dr. Jennifer Federico. "Wake County Animal Center regularly hosts low-cost rabies clinics where each pet can be vaccinated for $5. It is a matter of saving their lives."

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