Rabies raccoon present in Greensboro marks the tenth rabies case in Guilford this 12 months, well being officers say | Native

GREENSBORO – A raccoon found on Irwin Street in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on Tuesday, according to a Guilford County Health Department press release.

It is the tenth confirmed animal rabies case in Guilford County this year.

Any mammal can get rabies, including humans. What is it and how is it transmitted?

North Carolina law requires that all pets (cats, dogs, and ferrets) be vaccinated against rabies four months or older. Animals that are locked in fenced outdoor areas should also be vaccinated against rabies, said the health department in the message.

Rabies circulates in the area’s wildlife population year-round. Here are some tips from the department to help prevent you, your family, and your pets from getting exposed to the rabies virus:

• Supervise pets when they are outdoors. You may be able to prevent contact with wildlife and reduce the possibility of rabies exposure.

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• Avoid direct contact with wildlife, dead or alive. Do not approach, try to play with, touch, rescue, or treat wildlife. If you find a sick or injured animal, contact Animal Control at 336-641-5990.

• Avoid animals that show unnatural behavior. Wild animals are usually not friendly so be very careful when they approach you.

• Do not try to separate fighting animals.

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