A rabies alert has been issued for the Gillsville Highway area of East Hall County after a rabid skunk came in contact with a dog.
The skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur and confirmed positive for rabies today. This is the 14th confirmed case of 2011.
Alert signs have been posted in the area where the rabid skunk 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 Friday at the Hall County Animal Shelter at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.