Friday, July 29, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga.-A raccoon that was sent off to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory has tested positive for rabies. The location of the raccoon was on Kipling Rd. & Boy Scout Rd. area, near A. Brian Merry Elementary School.
Rabies can affect wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, and bats, as well as household pets such as dogs and cats. Vaccination of pets and livestock is the most effective control measure to prevent the disease in these animals and subsequent human exposure.
Most people get rabies from being bitten by a rabid animal. Rarely, does a person with broken skin, like a scratch, become infected when they come in contact with animal saliva.
Symptoms of rabies include:
Tiredness, Nausea, Sore throat, Loss of appetite, Stiff muscle, enlargement pupils in the eyes, increased production of saliva, and unusual sensitivity to sound, light and temperatures
The Richmond County Health Department Environmental Health Section is asking all residents of Richmond County to make sure your pets are inoculated against rabies and to avoid all contact with stray animals. In addition, report any contact of humans with wild animals to 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.