According to the Greensboro News & Record, over the past three years, Guilford County has seen the biggest increase in rabies cases in the Piedmont Triad. (The Kohl's in Kernersville is in Forsyth County, about 10 minutes from the Guilford County line.) Skunks, foxes and raccoons are the most common carriers, with raccoons at the lead.
The actions of an animal with rabies depends on the type of animal itself. Raccoons look like drunks, waddling around, often acting aggressively towards inanimate objects. Rabid foxes also act aggressively. Skunks are usually lethargic.
Rabies is vaccine-preventable, and North Carolina law (N.C. general statute 130A-185) requires owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have their pets currently vaccinated against rabies, beginning at four months of age.
It is extremely important to seek medical attention if you have been bitten by an animal and it is uncertain whether or not the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
Number of Rabies Cases in the Piedmont Triad 01/01/12-11/17/12
(Color code below)
Source: North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health
Color code (Parentheses indicates total rabies cases in the 12 County Piedmont Triad area)
Bat (5) Cow (0) Equine (1) Possom (0) Bobcat (0) Deer (0) Fox (15) Raccoon (58) Cat (5) Dog (0) Goat (0) Skunk (23)
Most counties, and some veterinarians, have scheduled rabies clinics with the vaccination offered at a reduced cost (usually around $5.) You can also have your pet vaccinated at regular price year-round.
You'll find a complete agency listing at the North Carolina Animal Control & Rabies Association.