Guilford County Confirms Thirteenth Case of Animal Rabies in 2014 (Health Alert)

"The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services is alerting residents that a raccoon found on Sandy Ridge Road in Colfax tested positive for the rabies virus on December 9, 2014.  This is the thirteenth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2014. The raccoon exposed two cats.

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 continues to circulate within our wildlife population even in the colder weather. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.

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.  People should never try to rescue sick or injured wild animals on their own.  If a person is bitten by any animal, they should wash the area immediately with soap and water, seek 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 Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health at (336)641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit"

- A Press Release


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