Rabid raccoon discovered in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The sixth rabies case of the year in Guilford County required exposure vaccinations for a woman and three Guilford Courthouse National Military Park staff members.

Monday, a woman carried a sick raccoon a quarter of mile to park rangers. Wednesday test results revealed the raccoon was rabid.

Guilford County Environmental Health Director Scott Greene said though no one suffered a bite but all four have to get post-exposure vaccinations as a precaution.

“Once you start to show symptoms of rabies, then it’s almost always fatal,” Greene said.

Park staff and health professionals remind everyone not to touch any wild animal and to call animal control instead.

Last year at this time, there were 10 rabies cases for the county.

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