Fourth confirmed rabies case in White County

(Cleveland)- Another rabies case has been confirmed in White County. A notice from Sean Sullivan White County Environmental Health Manager says a dog had contact Monday with a rabid skunk in the Albert Reid Road area.

The skunk was shot and later shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur. Sullivan said the environmental health officials received confirmation Wednesday afternoon that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

This is the fourth confirmed case of rabies in White County

According to Sullivan, the owners reported that their dog had never been vaccinated for rabies. He said, under those circumstances, the owners have one of two choices for the animal. A six-month strict quarantine, with an approved pen, or to have the animal immediately euthanized.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies.

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