A fox found in Apex tested positive for rabies Monday, a release from Wake County said.
The animal was found in the area of Rhodes Road and Ten-Ten Road. Wake County Animal Control responded after a dog came in contact with a fox. The fox was taken to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing.
"We don't want to alarm residents in Apex, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County.
The county said the dog exposed to the rabid fox was vaccinated for rabies and required a booster vaccine.
North Carolina state law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine.
Animal Control said pet owners in the Apex area need to be cautious with their animals, especially ones that are unvaccinated. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-7387 (PETS).
Wake County is holding a rabies vaccination clinic August 28 at Noah's Ark Veterinary Hospital, 4422 NW Cary Parkway in Cary. Details can be found on the Wake County Animal Center website. Rabies vaccines will be available for $8 during the clinic.