13th rabid raccoon found in DeKalb County this year

A raccoon captured in the 600 block of Farrar Court in Decatur tested positive for rabies, DeKalb County officials said.

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A raccoon captured in the 600 block of Farrar Court in Decatur tested positive for rabies, DeKalb County officials said.

For the 13th time this year, DeKalb County has found another rabid raccoon, county officials said Monday.

The raccoon was captured Tuesday in the 600 block of Farrar Court in Decatur and tested positive for rabies, DeKalb County spokesman Andrew Cauthen said in a news release.

The county has found rabid raccoons in Dunwoody, Decatur, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates and Lithonia.


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Rabies is a disease that affects the  brain and is spread through saliva, usually from a bite of an animal that has the disease. Vaccinations are effective in protecting humans and pets from the virus

Officials urge residents to get their pets vaccinated and eliminate outdoor feeding stations and access to garbage cans.

For more information, contact DeKalb County Animal Services at 404-294-2996, option 2.


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