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Rabid raccoon confirmed in North Hall
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A rabies alert has been issued for the Nix Road area of North Hall after a rabid raccoon was confirmed in the area last week.

The raccoon came in contact with two dogs April 25. It was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur and confirmed positive for rabies. This is the sixth confirmed case of 2010.

Alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was found. If you live in this area or you 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 Saturday at the Hall County Animal Shelter at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.