Wildlife officer scratched by raccoon carrying rabies in Raleigh

File image of a raccoon.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A wildlife officer was scratched by a raccoon carrying rabies in Raleigh on Tuesday, Wake County officials said.

Animal control was called to the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and Ten Ten Road in response to two baby raccoons that were seen there. A wildlife officer who was at the scene was scratched by one of the raccoons. Both animals tested positive for rabies on Wednesday.

The officer is following appropriate treatment protocols and there is no immediate danger to the public, officials said.

The probability of encountering animals that can transmit rabies increases during the summer. Wake County encourages pet owners to protect their pets by making sure their rabies vaccinations are up to date.

The Wake County Animal Center holds rabies clinics throughout the county and vaccines are only $5. Additional information, including a complete list of upcoming clinics, can be found on the Animal Center website.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-PETS (7387);
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517;
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8896;
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111; and
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.

For more information, visit wakegov.com/pets/health/rabies.

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