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Raccoon Tests Negative for Rabies

4/27/2017

Mecklenburg CountyThe pet raccoon that was surrendered to Animal Care and Control earlier this week tested negative for rabies. Since the raccoon tested negative for rabies, people who came into contact with the raccoon are not at risk for rabies exposure.

As a reminder, it is important to never to touch wildlife. Wildlife can transmit disease, including rabies and other diseases to humans. Handling, moving or feeding wildlife can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and create a risk for human safety. It is also illegal to keep native mammals or birds in North Carolina without a permit. Courtesy of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. For more information, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service information services.

If you think you have been exposed to a rabid animal please call Mecklenburg County Public Health immediately at 704-614-6512 during normal business hours, or 704-432-0871 after hours or on weekends.

Always make sure that your pets are vaccinated against rabies. Mecklenburg County residents are invited to bring their pets to the free rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control located at 8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC 28217.