A rabid raccoon in the area of Dean Mountain Road is the 10th confirmed rabies case in White County for 2020.
According to White County Environmental Health Manager Sean Sullivan, on Wednesday, June 17, at approximately 6 p.m. a dog owner saw his dog fighting with a raccoon and killing it. The owner called DNR, and the raccoon was brought to Environmental Health on Thursday, June 18. The raccoon was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur. The state lab shared confirmation of a positive rabies test on Wednesday, June 24.
The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination, 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.