Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Richmond County Health Department is issuing a warning to residents of Richmond County about rabies and your pets.
They say a raccoon that was picked up in a wooded area close to Rosier Road, Wentworth Road, Chadwick Road and the Pepperidge subdivision has tested positive for rabies.
Rabies can affect not only wildlife, but pets such as cats and dogs as well. The Environmental Health Section of the Richmond County Health Department asks that everyone make sure their pets are inoculated against rabies. Vaccination, they said, is the most effective control measure to prevent rabies.
Symptoms of rabies include in humans include tiredness, nausea, sore throat, loss of appetite, stiff muscles, enlargement pupils in the eyes, increased production of saliva and unusual sensitivity to sound, light and temperatures.
Any contact of humans with wild animals should be reported to the Richmond County Health Department Environmentalist Health Section office at (706) 667-4234 and contact of pets with wild animals to Richmond County Animal Control at (706) 790- 6836.