Wake County issues rabies notice after fox bites child in Raleigh neighborhood

Wake County Public Health has confirmed that a fox tested positive for rabies after biting a child over the weekend. Raleigh Animal Control responded to the incident in a residential neighborhood near the intersection of Western Boulevard and Interstate 440 in Raleigh. The fox was euthanized and sent for rabies testing on Saturday, March 2.

At this time, no other incidents have been reported in connection with the animal.

Anyone in the area where the bite occurred who may have encountered the fox is encouraged to call the Wake County Communicable Disease line at 919-250-4462. If you or your pets have been bitten or scratched, please seek medical care immediately.

“By taking precautions and informing our community of cases like this one, we can minimize the potential for exposure and encourage any humans or pets to seek medical care if they encountered this fox or any other wildlife acting unusual,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Susan Evans. “We always urge residents to be cautious and avoid approaching unfamiliar animals.”

Rabies Vaccines for Pets
Wake County encourages anyone who has pets with outdoor access to make sure they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

For those seeking low-cost options for vaccinations, microchips and resources for their cats and dogs, Wake County’s Community Pet Days will kick off on Sunday, March 10, and run biweekly through April 21 at various locations across the county. Rabies vaccines are available for only $5.

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Animal Control officials. Please follow the guidance below:

  • Do not approach animals that you do not know. Exercise caution and maintain a safe distance.
  • If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal of unknown vaccination history, wash the wound immediately and seek medical attention.
  • Ensure your pets have a current rabies vaccination. If your pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is strongly recommended. Keep outdoor pets indoors until they receive the booster vaccines.
  • Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs. Avoid any interaction that may result in potential exposure.
  • Do not leave trash or food outside unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Prevent attracting wild animals to your property.
  • If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight to minimize the chances of attracting animals that may carry rabies.
  • If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately. Seek professional guidance to ensure the well-being of your pet.

For more information, please check out wake.gov/StopRabies.

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