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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Effingham County

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A raccoon that got into a fight with a family dog in Guyton has tested positive for rabies, according to a news release on the Coastal Health District website.

The dog was behind on its rabies vaccination at the time of exposure to the raccoon, but got rabies booster, according to the health department news release. The dog will also be under strict isolation for six months.

Rabies is a potentially fatal virus that's largely spread by infected animals.

The Effingham County Health Dept. urges residents to avoid contact with wild or stray animals, watch for unusual behavior in pets and wildlife and to get pets vaccinated against rabies.

To report animals showing suspicious behavior call Effingham County Animal Control at 912.754.2109.

A rabies clinic will be held on from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday next to the Big Red Caboose in downtown Guyton. Vaccinations will cost $8. 

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