Rabid raccoon found in La Grange; first rabies case this year in Lenoir Co.

LA GRANGE, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina county is reporting its first confirmed rabies case of the year.

The Lenoir County Health Department says tests came back Tuesday that a raccoon found last week on Washington Street in La Grange had rabies.

This is the first case of rabies in the county this year.

“Anytime we identify a rabid animal, we want to remind people to be careful for themselves, to avoid contact with wild animals, and to ensure pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.” Health Director Pamela Brown said.

The health department says you should always follow these guidelines:

  • Let the health department, the hospital or your doctor know if you have been scratched or bitten by or have handled an animal that could be rabid
  • Do not approach or touch a wild animal or an animal that could be rabid
  • Ensure pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations
  • Keep pets away from stray or wild animals