Guilford County, NC -- Both Guilford and Davidson counties have reported their 17th case of rabies.
Guilford County Health Department is alerting residents of a skunk that was found in the 6900 block of US Highway 158 in Stokesdale.
The skunk tested positive for rabies on Monday. It had come into contact with 2 dogs, but no humans.
Davidson County Health Department reports on Friday, November 4th, a rabid fox came into contact with a dog and a human.
The fox had been in a fight with a dog and was killed by the dog's owner.
The human had made contact with the fox and has been referred to a physician for medical follow up.
NC law requires that all domestic pets be vaccinated against rabies and that their vaccinations are kept current. This law still applies even if pets are exclusively kept indoors or in a fenced outdoor area.
The Health Department wants to remind residents that rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population even as the weather gets colder and fewer wild animals are actually seen.
For your family and pet's safety as well as the safety of others, vaccinate your pets against rabies.
The public should report stray animals, animals acting strangely or sick animals to Guilford County Animal Control at 336-641-5990 in Greensboro or 336-883-3224 in High Point.
Do not try to rescue, catch or pet any wild animals.
If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound with soap and running water for approximately 10 minutes and seek medical attention immediately.
For more information or educational programs available, please contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at 336-641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at 336-641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org.
Guilford County Health Department