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RABIES: NC State Lab confirms 2 raccoons had rabies

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Two more cases of rabies have been confirmed in New Hanover County.

According to the NHSO Animal Services Unit, a raccoon was found on Splitbrook Court in the northern part of the county, and another raccoon was found on Rockhill Road in Castle Hayne.

In both cases, the raccoons had made contact with pet dogs. The owners handled the dogs immediately after and were potentially exposed to the saliva of the infected animal.

In the first case at Splitbrook Court, the dog's rabies vaccination had been up-to-date and was re-boostered in accordance with the law.

The dog involved in the second case was not current on its vaccinations and will have to be destroyed or quarantined for six months in accordance with state law.

It is reminded that you should stay away from any animal you have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife. Prevention is better than reaction after the fact of exposure.

These are the 16th and 17th positive rabies cases for 2012.

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