NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY -

Several days after a fox tested positive for rabies, a raccoon also tested positive.

Carteret County Health Department Animal Control was called to Orange Street area in Newport on Tuesday.

A resident told officials her dog fought and killed a raccoon that was in her yard.

(Note: The picture above is a file photo, not the actual animal.)

Test results showed the raccoon was positive for rabies, according to a report from the NC State Laboratory of Public Health.

Officials are warning residents to get domestic animals vaccinated.

For more information about rabies and vaccination contact your veterinarian or call the Animal Control Office at (252) 728-8585.

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A fox in Carteret County has tested positive for rabies, state officials said.

The Carteret County Health Department said a Newport resident living on Roberts Road called Animal Control Thursday morning to report a possible rabid fox.

The remains of the fox tested positive for rabies, according to results received Friday from the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health.

The family's dog was in the yard when the owner saw the fox, health officials said. But the dog did not appear to have been bitten or scratched by the fox. The dog had also been vaccinated against rabies, said health officials.

The Carteret County Health Department is advising residents to watch for rabid animals and make sure their pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is a life-threatening viral disease passed by the saliva of an infected animal. The virus can spread through an open wound or tissue of the eyes, nose or mouth, according to the Health Department. Once the victim is infected, the virus attacks the brain or spinal cord.

If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, then seek immediate medical care, said health officials. Report the bite to Carteret County Animal Control at 252-728-8585.

For more information about rabies prevention or to report suspected cases, call the Animal Control or visit their office at Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 A Bridges Street in Morehead City.