North GA resident bitten by rabid raccoon
A Fannin County resident was bitten by a rabid raccoon last Sunday.
The North Georgia Health District said the individual was cooking on Hot House Creek between Curtis Switch Road and Old Pond Road in Mineral Bluff when they were chased by the raccoon and bitten on the ankle.
The raccoon continued going after the resident, so the person shot and killed it.
The Georgia Public Health Laboratory tested the raccoon and confirmed it did have rabies.
Sunday, according to a health department spokesperson, the resident started receiving postexposure vaccinations.
"Postexposure 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," the health department explained.
The health department wants to remind residents that they if they are bitten or scratched by a wild mammal, they should call their health care provider and their local environmental health office.
To speak with someone at Fannin County Environmental Health, call 706-632-3024. You can also call the Georgia Poison Control Center 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," a health department spokesperson added.
For more information about rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.