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White County’s Positive Rabies Count Now Stands at 7 for 2018

10/10/18

Cleveland – White County now has it’s seventh positive rabies case for this calendar year, according to a news release from from Sean Sullivan, Environmental Health Manager for White County.

            The email advises that several dogs recently had contact with a rabid skunk in the Bill Presley Road area of White County, when they were let out to use the bathroom and returned smelling of skunk. The homeowners found the dead skunk in the yard the next morning, Sullivan stated.

            The news release stated the skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur and White County Environmental Health was advised on Tuesday, that the skunk tested positive for rabies, bringing this year’s count up to seven for 2018.

            Sullivan stated in his email that two of the dogs had no record of rabies vaccination and one did. All the dogs are currently under quarantine.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area and have concerns of rabid animal exposure, please contact White County Environmental Health at 706-348-7698 during normal business hours.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Please call your local veterinarian for an appointment.

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