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Raccoon confirmed to be rabid in North Hall, marking county’s 8th case of 2017

Officials have confirmed Hall County’s eighth case of rabies for 2017 in an incident involving a raccoon that had contact with two dogs Sept. 9 in North Hall.

The rabid raccoon had contact with the dogs in the 5200 block of Wild Smith Road in Gainesville, according to a statement Monday from Katie Crumley, Hall County government spokeswoman. She added that rabies was confirmed Friday by the Georgia Public Health Lab — Virology Section in Decatur.

Officer Kevin Buecker, field supervisor for Hall County Animal Control, said the two dogs are under a 45-day home quarantine.

Signs noting the rabies confirmation have been posted in the area where the raccoon was located, according to Crumley’s statement.

Buecker said five of the eight rabies cases in Hall County this year have been raccoons and three were skunks. Hall County had 11 cases of rabies in 2016, according to Buecker.

Anyone in the area who sees an animal acting abnormally should call Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812 after normal business hours.

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