Henry County sees third report of rabies in recent days

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Henry County Animal Control officials say another case of rabies has popped up, making it the third incident in less than 10 days.

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Henry County Animal Control officials say another case of rabies has popped up, making it the third incident in less than 10 days.

Channel 2 Action News reported on the rabies alert in Henry County last week.

Officials say this is very unusual, three cases in such a short time span.  That’s why they're out putting up fliers in neighborhoods to make sure residents are warned.

The fliers are covering a one-mile radius on Crumbley Road where an infected racoon was found. Residents need to be aware and warned of the danger, especially for those people who have outdoor animals. People with young children who are curious about getting close to wildlife they may see.

Rabies control officer Vince Farah has worked with animal control for 29 years and says this many cases in such a short time span is cause for concern.

"On average, maybe six cases spread out through a whole year, but here we are in the beginning of summer and we're looking at four positive cases this year alone - three within the last 10 days," Farah said.

We'll have more on what officials are doing to protect residents on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4.