This year, there have been 10 positive raccoon rabies incidents in DeKalb County including Dunwoody, Decatur, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates and Lithonia. Georgia is a rabies endemic state and the virus is present all year long. It is not unusual for the county to report several rabies cases each year.
Residents should make sure pets are up to date for preventative vaccination and should eliminate outdoor feeding stations and access to garbage cans. Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by an animal should seek medical attention immediately.