The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on North Church Street in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on April 19, 2017. This is the fifth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2017.

A bat found on East Commerce Street in High Point also tested positive for rabies on April 19, 2017. This is the sixth case of animal rabies in Guilford County.

Another bat found on Edgedale Drive in High Point tested positive for rabies on April 19, 2017 as well. This is the seventh case of animal rabies in 2017.

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 your pets.

Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population throughout the entire year. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies. Check to make sure all of your family pets are properly vaccinated against rabies and get their shots updated as needed. A simple rabies vaccination can protect your pets against this dangerous health risk.

For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact Guilford County Animal Services at 336-641-4459 or visit www.myguilford.com