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Second rabies case of 2009 confirmed

POSTED: February 14, 2009 12:02 a.m.

For the second time so far this year, a case of rabies has been confirmed in Hall County.

According to Hall County Animal Control, on Tuesday a skunk came into contact with a dog in the Gilstrap Drive area of North Hall. The skunk’s remains were shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which verified on Thursday that the animal tested positive for rabies.

Officers have posted warning signs in the neighborhood. Residents should be on the lookout for animals behaving abnormally, and they should make sure their pets are vaccinated against rabies.

Animal Control director Mike Ledford said the dog involved in the Gilstrap Drive case was current on its rabies shots.

If the dog had not been vaccinated, it would have had to be either euthanized or placed in a strict six-month quarantine at the owner’s expense.

Last year, a record 43 rabies cases occurred in the county, mostly in North Hall.

For more information, call Hall County Animal Control at 770-531-6830.



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