GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services said an injured raccoon found and rescued by a woman at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Monday has tested positive for rabies.
The animal's condition is Guilford County's sixth confirmed case of animal rabies this year.
Earlier this week, the Guilford Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services issued a public appeal in an attempt to find the woman who rescued the raccoon while walking her dog Monday morning near Stop #6 at the park.
Health department employees said the woman has contacted them and is being evaluated for possible rabies exposure.
The health department said the infected raccoon exposed possibly four adults to the virus.
North Carolina law requires all pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) ages four months or older be vaccinated against rabies.
Guilford County Animal Control has scheduled low-cost rabies vaccination clinics:
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28, 6619 NC 61 North, Gibsonville, NC 27249
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
The rabies vaccination costs $5 dollars per shot.
Contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at 336-641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at 336-641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org