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Rabies is a deadly virus caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and can be transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva contamination of an open cut or the eyes.
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In NC, rabies is found commonly in raccoons, skunks, red and grey foxes, coyotes, wolves, groundhogs and beavers. Bats can also transmit rabies.
Any mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus can infect domestic pets, agricultural animals such as cows and horses, and people when they are exposed to rabid wildlife.
Rabid animals may not always exhibit symptoms. Some rabid animals may act mad or strange while others may act timid or shy. A wild animal with rabies may move slowly or act tame. Since a wild animal is not tame and usually run away from people, maintain your distance and do not approach them. Also, avoid petting stray cats or dogs.
The only way to know for sure if an animal or a person has rabies is through laboratory tests.
If you see an animal that is acting strange, call Randolph County Animal Control at 336-683-8235 for assistance.
Isolate the bat to one room and close the door. The bat needs to be tested for rabies. Call animal control at 336-683-8235 to capture the bat for testing.