MARION COUNTY, Ga. – Laboratory results confirm case of rabies in Marion County.
County health department is asking that if you have any domestic animals that may have come in contact with a fox or raccoon near the Mauk Road or Dr. Deryl Hart Road area to contact the Heath Department, the Sheriff’s Office and your Physician immediately.
On September 18, 2015 a fox attacked a man in the area of Mauk Road. The fox was tested on September 23, 2015 by the State Laboratory and was confirmed to have rabies.
A raccoon was caught in the Dr. Deryl Hart Road area and was tested a week later and was confirmed to have rabies.
Residents in these areas are strongly advised to take the following precautions:
- HAVE ALL OF YOUR DOGS AND CATS VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES! Do not delay. See your veterinarian.
- Do not pick up or handle any stray dog or cat, or any wild animals.
- Report any bites to the Sheriff’s Department and the Health Department.
- Contact the Sheriff’s Department to report any animals that are behaving strangely or aggressively.
- IF YOUR PET IS BEHAVING STRANGELY OR IS INJURED, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY.
- Teach children about the dangers of stray and wild animals.
- If you are bitten or scratched by any animal please:
- Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes.
- Apply a disinfectant.
- Seek medical attention at once.
- Report the bite to the Health Department AND the Sheriff’s Office.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office – 229-649-3841
Marion County Health Department – 229-649-5664