Another raccoon tests positive for rabies in DeKalb County, 13th this yearA raccoon. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
DeKalb County reports that a raccoon captured around the 600 block of Farrar Court in Decatur tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon was captured on Oct. 30. This is the 13 case of rabies discovered this year, the county says.
“This year, there have been 13 positive raccoon rabies incidents in the county including Dunwoody, Decatur, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates and Lithonia,” the county says. “Georgia is a rabies endemic state and the virus is present all year long. It is not unusual for the county to report several rabies cases each year.”
The county also offered these tips for pet owners and residents:
– Residents should make sure pets are up to date for preventative vaccination and should eliminate outdoor feeding stations and access to garbage cans. Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by an animal should seek medical attention immediately.
– Additionally, residents are advised to watch pets and contact DeKalb County Animal Control if unusual behavior occurs. Wild animal trapping will only occur if a domestic pet or person has been bitten or scratched.
– Rabies is a disease that affects the brain. It’s usually passed from animal to animal but can be passed from animals to people. The virus is spread through saliva, usually from a bite of an animal that has the disease. Vaccinations are effective in protecting humans and pets from the virus. Residents are responsible for vaccinating pets every year and registering the tag with DeKalb County Animal Control.
Source: DeKalb County
The county says people can report an animal bite by contacting Animal Control at 404-294-2996 and selecting “2” from the option menu.