Written By: Lynne Beck, Guilford County Department of Public Health
Greensboro, NC -- The Guilford County Department of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on October 11, 2012.
This is the twenty third case of confirmed rabies in 2012. One dog was exposed and one person was possibly exposed to the raccoon.
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. Pets that do not have current rabies vaccinations and come in contact with a rabid animal must be euthanized or confined at the owner's expense for at least six months at a veterinary facility.
Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population. The easiest and most cost effective way to protect your family and your pet's safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies. If you are interested in finding a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic in your area, you may call: The Guilford County Animal Shelter at 336-297-5020, The Humane Society at 336-299-3060 or SPCA at 336-375-3222.
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 immediate 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