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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Animals Services Unit says a fifth case of rabies this year has been confirmed in the county.

Friday Animal Services was notified of a dead raccoon found in the yard of a home on South Branch Road. The owner was unaware that the raccoon was in the yard and let their cat outside. The cat was potentially exposed to the raccoon. The owner handled the cat afterwards and was potentially exposed to saliva. The raccoon was brought into the shelter by the owner. ASU prepared the specimen for transport to the state lab for rabies testing. The cat was current with its rabies vaccine and has been re-boostered.

Monday the state lab reported the raccoon tested positive for rabies. The victim was notified of the positive results, and ASU will canvass the area to educate the public about the threat of rabies and the importance of keeping their pet’s rabies vaccine current.

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