First rabies cases of 2020 confirmed

  • An incident involving a skunk on Sunday, Feb. 2, in the area of Hooper Road, is the first rabies case in White County for 2020. 
    An incident involving a skunk on Sunday, Feb. 2, in the area of Hooper Road, is the first rabies case in White County for 2020. 
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An incident involving a skunk on Sunday, Feb. 2, in the area of Hooper Road, is the first rabies case in White County for 2020. 

On Sunday, Feb. 2, when the homeowners arrived home, they discovered that one of their dogs strongly smelled of skunk, according to White County Environmental Health Manager Sean Sullivan. When they looked around, they discovered a skunk in their fenced-in backyard chasing their other dog. The husband shot the skunk and reported the incident the next day.

Sullivan says the skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur. The state lab shared confirmation of a positive rabies test on Thursday, Feb. 6.

Positive alert signs have been posted in the area where the rabid skunk 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.