Guilford County Confirms Fifth Case of Animal Rabies (Health Alert)
The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on Westbourne Grove Court in Colfax tested positive for the rabies virus on May 20, 2019. This is the fifth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2019.
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 circulates within our wildlife population throughout the entire year. Here are some tips to help prevent you or your family from coming in contact with the rabies virus as the weather warms and you are outside enjoying nature:
Don’t buy or keep wild/exotic animals as pets. These animals cannot be vaccinated against rabies and can easily spread rabies to you or your family.
Avoid direct contact with wildlife, dead or alive. Never touch any wildlife with your bare hands. If you find a sick or injured animal, contact Animal Control at 336-641-5990 and let them handle it. Do not try to rescue or treat the animal yourself.
Avoid any animal displaying unnatural behavior. Wild animals are not usually friendly so be very careful if they approach you.
Feed your pets indoors. Leaving food outside will attract dogs, cats or other wildlife and bring them into your yard.
Animal-proof your trash. Make sure that your trash can lids are secure and don’t leave trash bags outside the cans.
Report all stray animals to Animal Control. Stray animals may not be vaccinated against rabies and run the risk of carrying rabies.
For more information on rabies prevention or to schedule an educational program, please contact Guilford County Animal Services at 336-641-2506 or visit www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/animal-services.