Cary Reports First Case of Rabies in 2019
- Town of Cary Animal Services officials have confirmed the first rabies case of the year in Cary.
- On Saturday, April 13, a citizen living near Berwick Valley Lane came in contact with a bat that was later found to be infected with the rabies virus.
- Citizens are reminded to use caution when dealing with a suspicious animal and notify Cary officials as soon as possible.
Cary, NC – Town of Cary Animal Services officials have confirmed the first case of rabies of the year in Cary. On April 13, a citizen found a bat in the outside breezeway of the Bell Preston Reserve Apartments on Berwick Valley Lane; wearing gloves, he picked up the bat, placed it in a box and contacted Cary police. Animal Services responded and transported the bat for testing at the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh, where it was found to be infected with the rabies virus. The citizen was not attacked or injured during the encounter.
Citizens should use caution when dealing with suspicious animals or pets that may have encountered a suspicious animal. Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from any bodily fluids, especially saliva. As a reminder, state law requires all cats and dogs four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies and display their vaccination tags at all times.
Seek help immediately if you or your pets are bitten by any animal and notify officials as soon as possible. If you suspect a rabid animal, contact Cary Animal Services at (919) 319-4517. For more, visit www.townofcary.org/police.
Chuck Haggist, Animal Services Supervisor, (919) 319-4517
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240