Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the central nervous system causing disease in the brain and death.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 a rabid animal. Rabies is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal but also can be spread by the saliva coming into contact with an open wound or broken skin. Additional information about Rabies is available at the NC Department of Health and Human Services Epidemiology Division's website by clicking here. North Carolina state law requires owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have their pets currently vaccinated against rabies, beginning at four months of age and wear a valid rabies tag at all times.
What You Can Do
Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep the vaccinations current.
Avoid wildlife. Do not touch, pet or feed any wildlife whether they appear to be sick or not.
Do not approach any animal that is unfamiliar to you or your family.