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WILMINGTON, NC (NEW HANOVER COUNTY) -- A New Hanover County resident has been notified of a possible rabies exposure after another rabid raccoon was found last week. Animal Control Services confirmed the resident’s dog fought and killed the raccoon Thursday evening. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination.
New Hanover County Animal Control Services authorities have reported 13 case of rabies so far this year. The latest incident occurred on Pineknoll Road in the Murrayville area where the resident handled his pet without protective gloves following the attack.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend animals that are not current on their rabies vaccinations be destroyed. Pets with up to date vaccinations should be re-boostered within five days. Pets should never be handled without protective gloves after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. All pets should be vaccinated as a primary defense against the spread of rabies.
There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.
When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission. People should stay away from any animal that they have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.