3rd rabies case confirmed in Demorest

Habersham County has documented another confirmed rabies case for 2018, an official said.

Habersham County Animal Care and Control (HCACC) Director Madi Hawkins announced the news Friday.

“This is only our third confirmed case for 2018,” she said.

Hawkins said the exposure occurred in the early afternoon of Oct. 30 on Holly Street within Demorest city limits. Three canines, all pit-bull mixes, which were all housed together, were exposed to a raccoon which tested positive for the rabies virus,” she said.

Hawkins said Animal Control Officer Todd Roper responded to the incident and retrieved the deceased raccoon, which was submitted to the Habersham County Health Department for testing.

“HCACC was notified of a positive result on Nov. 1 ...,” she said.

At this time, Hawkins said the dogs are under a 45-day quarantine. All three canines had a vaccine history, she said, but weren’t current.

“HCACC continues to urge Habersham residents to ensure that their pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations,” Hawkins said.

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