A raccoon in Lincoln County tested positive for rabies this week, marking the third time an animal in the county has had the disease this year, according to Lincoln County Animal Services.
Officials said the raccoon was killed by a county resident and picked up by animal control services on Saturday, and the positive rabies result was confirmed on Wednesday.
In 2015, four animals tested positive for rabies in Lincoln County, while there was only one in 2016, officials said.
News of the positive rabies test comes after a rabid fox in Davie County gnawed at a woman’s leg on Sunday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
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Officials in Lincoln County warn residents to have their pets vaccinated for the disease. Rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months is required by law, officials said.
Residents are also advised to not approach or handle wildlife. Officials said signs of rabies include abnormal aggression or friendliness, disorientation, circling and excessive salivation.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS