Another rabid raccoon caught in DeKalb CountyA raccoon. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
Last week, Nov. 27, a rabid raccoon was caught in Stone Mountain on the 4000 block of East Durham Circle.
This is the 14th raccoon that has tested positive for rabies this year in DeKalb County. Rabid raccoons have been captured in other places in DeKalb County, including in Decatur, Dunwoody, Avondale Estates, Stone Mountain, and Lithonia.
According to a recent press release, “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.”
DeKalb county residents are encouraged to do the following, as listed in a recent press release:
– Ensure that pets are up-to-date for preventative vaccination
– Eliminate outdoor feeding stations/access to garbage cans
– Contact DeKalb County Animal Control if unusual behavior occurs in animals
In addition, those who have come into contact with any animal through a scratch or bite are advised to see a medical professional immediately.
Looking to report an animal bite or find out more about rabies in the area? Call DeKalb County Animal Control at 404-294-2996 and choose 2 from the listed menu.