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Dead Racoon's Rabies Reminder to Take Precautions

A mild winter has more of us outside these days, but don't get too close to the wildlife.

Don't forget to take precautions to protect your family and pets from rabies. The discovery of a dead racoon in the Freemanville Road area last week is a good reminder that rural areas, especially those like Milton, are periodically affected by rabies.

The city of Milton reported late last week that Fulton County Animal Services tested a dead racoon found in the Freemanville area and it tested positive for rabies. A local resident had called the county for help.

But Milton officials say not to be alarmed, just take precautions.

  • Please sure that any domestic pets have a current rabies vaccination.
  • Do not approach or handle any wildlife in the area.
  • If your domestic pet (dog or cat) has any unexplained wounds or is ill in any way, immediately take your pet to a veterinarian.
  • If you have observed any wildlife in the area that appears sick or wounded you should contact FCAS  at 404-613-2163.

For more information on rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information on this specific incident, contact Fulton County spokeswoman Jolene Butts Freeman at 404-612-2209, 404-234-8945 or Jolene.freeman@fultoncountyga.gov.

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