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10th rabies case of year confirmed
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A bat in a residence on Blue Ridge Drive in central Hall County is this year’s 10th confirmed case of rabies in the county.

The bat was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur and confirmed rabid on Thursday.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid bat was located. If you live in this area or see an animal acting abnormally, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or, during nonworking hours, call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their pets and livestock for rabies. Vaccines are available for $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Hall County Animal Shelter at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.

Vaccines are also available from local veterinarians.