GREENSBORO — Guilford County health officials have issued an alert that a raccoon found on East Montrose Drive tested positive Friday for rabies.
This is the fifth confirmed case of rabies this year, according to a news release from the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.
North Carolina law requires that all pets, whether they live indoors or outdoors, four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies. Animals that are confined to fenced outdoor areas should also be vaccinated against rabies.
Monitoring pets when they are outdoors could prevent contact with wild animals and reduce the risk of exposure to rabies, health officials said in the news release.
Tips to help prevent exposure to rabies:
• Avoid direct contact with wildlife, dead or alive. Do not approach, try to play with, touch, rescue or treat any wildlife. If you find a sick or injured animal, contact Animal Control at 336-641-5990.
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• Avoid any animal displaying unnatural behavior. Wild animals are generally not friendly, so be very careful if they approach you.
• Do not try to separate fighting animals.
• Feed your pets indoors. Leaving food outside will attract dogs, cats and other wildlife to your yard.
• Report all strays to Animal Control at 336-641-5990 in Greensboro and 336-883-3224 in High Point. Stray animals may not be vaccinated against rabies up to date.
• If a person is bitten by an animal (domestic or stray), immediately wash the bitten area with soap and water, seek medical attention and report the bite to local animal control officials.
For more information on rabies prevention, contact Guilford County Animal Services at 336-641-2506 or visit guilfordcountync.gov.