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Raccoons test positive for rabies in Chatham County


According to officials, two raccoons in Chatham County have tested positive for rabies. One of the raccoons was trapped by Savannah Chatham Animal Control officers on Skidaway Island after they received several reports of the animal acting strangely. The raccoon was then tested and found to have the rabies virus.

The second raccoon was located in Vernonburg. Three family pets were exposed to the virus but they were up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. As a precaution, the pets will now undergo a 45 day quarantine. There were no known human exposures to the virus.

Rabies, a potentially deadly virus, is primarily spread by infected animals. Residents should avoid contact with wild or stray animals, watch for unusual behavior in pets and wildlife, and get  their pets vaccinated.

Rabies symptoms in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies, foaming at the mouth and paralysis.

Folks who have been bit should seek medical care immediately and contact Chatham County Animal Control at 525.2408 and the Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health Division at 356.2160.

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