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Fannin County Resident Bitten by Rabid Raccoon

Fannin County Resident Bitten by Rabid Raccoon

Resident immediately began series of rabies postexposure vaccinations

By Jennifer King, North Georgia Health District News

North Georgia – While
preparing to fish on Hot
House Creek between Curtis
Switch Road and Old
Mill Pond Road in Mineral
Bluff, Georgia on Sunday,
April 7, a local resident was
chased and bitten on the ankle
by a raccoon.
The animal continued
pursuing, so the resident
shot and killed it.
The raccoon has now been
tested and confirmed as
positive for rabies by the
Georgia Public Health Laboratory.
The resident began receiving
rabies post exposure
vaccinations on Sunday.
Post exposure prophylaxis
(PEP) consists of a regimen
of one dose of immune globulin
and four doses of rabies
vaccine over a 14-day period
and should begin as soon as
possible after exposure.
A bite or scratch from any
wild mammal should cause
concern and be reported to
a health care provider and
the local environmental
health office. Fannin County
Environmental Health
can be reached at (706) 632-
3024. If calling after hours,
contact the Georgia Poison
Control Center, toll-free at
1-800-222-1222.
All residents are urged
to avoid wild or feral animals
and to maintain rabies
vaccination in pets. If a pet
receives an initial one-year
vaccine, it can receive a
three-year vaccination the
following year.
For more information
about rabies and its prevention,
log onto the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) website at
www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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