Public Health Notice: Potential Rabid Raccoon

Posted November 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm     Category: HealthNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – According to the New Hanover County Health Department, on November 11, several children were reported to have encountered a wild raccoon in the area of Hart Street and W. Lake Shore Drive in Wilmington, NC. While a raccoon was captured and found to be negative for rabies, the Health Department is not certain that this was the specific animal the children came in contact with.

In order to ensure the best possible public health outcome, the Health Department is asking that anyone who had contact with a raccoon at the above-mentioned location on November 11, contact the New Hanover County Health Department for a rabies risk assessment as soon as possible, or contact their healthcare provider.

The rabies virus is a serious illness that is contracted from bites from infected animals. Rabies in humans is one hundred percent preventable through prompt appropriate medical care. Once clinical symptoms begin, the disease is almost always fatal.

For questions or more information, please contact the New Hanover County Health Department at 910-798-6532 or 910-798-6531.

 

Release Contact:
Joshua Swift
Deputy Health Director
910-798-6592

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