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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A raccoon found on Burlington Road in McLeansville has tested positive for rabies, marking the eighteenth case in Guilford County this year.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health made the announcement Monday after the raccoon tested positive for the virus.

They believe the raccoon may have had contact with one dog.

North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated.

Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack pets.

Officials say rabies continues to circulate within the wildlife population even though the weather is getting colder.

The public should report stray animals, animals acting strangely or exposures to sick animals to Animal Control at 641-5990 in Greensboro or 883-3224 in High Point.

Officials say that if a person is bitten by any animal, he should wash the area immediately with soap and water, seek medical attention and report the bite to local Animal Control Officers.

For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336) 641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit http://www.guilfordhealth.org