Raccoon tests positive for rabies on Wilmington Island

Raccoon tests positive for rabies on Wilmington Island

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Chatham County Health Department is reminding everyone to make sure pets are up to date on rabies vaccinations.

A raccoon stumbled into the backyard of a Wilmington Island home, and the family dog picked it up in its mouth. The raccoon tested positive for rabies and the dog was not up to date on vaccinations.

This isn't the first raccoon in the area that tested positive for rabies.

"We've had two cases of rabies in the past few weeks, so we're just making sure the community is aware that we have had rabies in the communities and ways to protect themselves," said Mike Pitts, Environmental Health County Manager.

The family's dog is now being held at Chatham County Animal Services for observation.

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