Rabid raccoon found near Abb Helton Road

White County’s third rabies case of 2017 has been confirmed.

Sean Sullivan, the county environmental health director, announced on June 15 that a dog had recently come into contact with a raccoon on Abb Helton Road, which is off Town Creek Road west of Cleveland.

Officials had reason to believe the raccoon might be rabid, so its remains were shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which confirmed that the animal had tested positive for rabies.

Warning signs have been posted in the area where the raccoon was found, and pet owners are urged to vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies, as required by Georgia law.

The other two rabies cases this year involved a raccoon (in early March, in the Duncan Bridge area) and a fox (in early April, near Truelove Road).

For more information, call White County Environmental Health, 706-348-7698.

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