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Cary confirms second case of rabies

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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The second reported case of rabies in Cary has been confirmed. Officials say a bat was found inside an apartment in the 200 block of Hampton Lee Court on Saturday.

The animal was transported for testing to the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. On Monday, tests determined that the bat was infected with the rabies virus.

While no humans came into contact with the bat, a dog was inside at the apartment. There is no indication that the dog came into contact with the animal, and the dog is current on all vaccines.

"Fortunately, we had a responsible pet owner and the dog is not at risk for contracting rabies," said Town of Cary Police Department Major Tony Godwin. "It is imperative that all pets, including those who stay indoors, are properly vaccinated against this disease."

If a pet comes into contact with a rabid animal and the pet is not properly vaccinated, state law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine.

Click here for a list of Wake County-sponsored rabies clinics.

If you suspect a rabid animal, contact Cary Animal Control immediately at (919) 319-4517.

The first reported case of rabies in Cary was reported in July.

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