(Cleveland)- The White County Environmental Health has advised that a dog recently had contact with a rabid racoon in the Dean Mountain Road area, which resulted in the 10th confirmed Rabies case in the county.  

Sean Sullivan Environmental Health Manager in an email said that the incident occurred on Wednesday, June 17th at approximately 6 pm. The dog’s owner witnessed his dog fighting with a racoon and killing the racoon.  The dog owner contacted the  Department of Natural Resources and the racoon was brought to the Environmental Health office the next day. 

The racoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur. Environmental Health officials were advised Wednesday that the racoon tested positive for rabies.

The dog had a history of rabies vaccination and will be required to undergo a 45-day observational quarantine and get a rabies booster shot.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid racoon was located. If you live in this area and have concerns about 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.