A rabid raccoon in the area of Gene Nix Road is the sixth confirmed rabies case in White County for 2020.
According to White County Environmental Health Manager Sean Sullivan, the homeowner heard a "screaming" sound on her porch in the late afternoon on Thursday, March 19. When she went to check, she discovered her two big dogs dragging a raccoon of the porch and injuring it. The raccoon died, and she notified Environmental Health. The raccoon was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur. The state lab shared confirmation of a positive rabies test on Wednesday, March 25.
The dogs have a history of rabies vaccinations, so the animal will undergo a 45-day observational quarantine
Positive alert signs have been posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. Those who live in this area and have concerns of rabid animal exposure should 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 a local veterinarian for an appointment.