The Guilford County Department of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on Buckingham Road in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on January 11, 2012. This is the first case of confirmed animal rabies in 2012. The raccoon had contact with one dog.
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated. Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets.
Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies. Tips to protect your family and pets include:
- Do not try to separate fighting animals.
- Avoid strange and sick animals.
- Leave animals alone when they are eating.
- Keep pets on a leash when out in public.
- Do not approach, play with or try to rescue wild animals of any kind.
- Supervise your pets when outdoors to avoid contact with wild animals.
- Do not feed your pets outdoors. Leftover food will attract wild animals.
The public should report stray animals, animals acting strangely or exposures to sick animals to Animal Control at 641-5990 in Greensboro or 883-3224 in High Point. If a person is bitten, he should wash the area immediately with soap and water, seek medical attention and report the bite to local Animal Control Officers.
For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336) 641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org