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Rabid bat is second confirmed case of rabies in Cary

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CARY, N.C. -

A rabid bat is the second confirmed case of rabies in Cary this year, animal control officers announced Tuesday.

The first case was in July. On August 3, Cary Police responded to the 200 block of Hampton Lee Court to catch a bat inside a residence. The animal was transported for testing to the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh; the town was notified on Monday that it was infected with the rabies virus.

No humans came into contact with the bat, and the dog at the apartment was current on all vaccines.

"Fortunately, we had a responsible pet owner and the dog is not at risk for contracting rabies," said Police Maj. Tony Godwin. "It is imperative that all pets, including those who stay indoors, are properly vaccinated against this disease."

If a pet comes into contact with a rabid animal and the pet is not properly vaccinated, the pets must destroyed or quarantined for six months.

Citizens are reminded to use caution when dealing with any animal that may be suspicious or may have come in contact with a suspicious animal. Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from any bodily fluids, especially saliva. Per State law, have your pets vaccinated against the disease. 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 Control immediately at (919) 319-4517.

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