Dog Kills Rabid Raccoon In Newport

For the second time in a week, a rabid animal has been found in Newport.

The Carteret County Health Department says a rabid raccoon came in contact with a homeowner's dog in their fenced yard. It happened Tuesday in the Orange Street neighborhood and authorities say the two animal fought, with the dog killing the raccoon.

Just last week, about three miles away on Roberts Road, a fox tested positive for rabies.

The health department sent out a warning to surrounding neighborhoods, and reminded pet owners the importance of vaccinating their dogs and cats.

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The Carteret County Health Department says a fox has tested positive for rabies.

A Newport resident living on Roberts Road called county Animal Control Thursday morning to report a possible rabid fox on their property.

Remains of the fox tested positive for rabies according to results received Friday from the NC State Laboratory of Public Health.

Residents in that area are advised to watch for other rabid animals and to make sure their dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is a life-threatening viral disease passed by contact with the saliva of an infected animal.

The virus can enter through an open wound or through the tissue of the eyes, nose or mouth.

When rabies enters the body, the virus attacks the brain or spinal cord.

According to Curtis Oden, Supervisor of the County Animal Control Program, "You can't always tell if an animal has rabies, so it's best to be cautious around any animal that you are not familiar with. An infected animal will eventually show symptoms of rabies: losing their fear of people, becoming aggressive, staggering and even becoming paralyzed. Wild animals that are the main concern are raccoons, fox and bats."