A rabid skunk in the Grover Miles Road area is the 16th confirmed rabies case in White County for 2020.
According to Sean Sullivan, White County Environmental Health Manager, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, a dog owner found a dead skunk in the pen with his dog. The skunk was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur. The state lab shared confirmation of a positive rabies test on Friday, Sept. 11.
The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination and is required to undergo a 45-day observational quarantine and will have to get a rabies booster shot, according to Environmental Health. During the incident the homeowner may be been exposed and was told to discuss the incident with his physician and follow his or her advice.
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.