Henry County's 9th case of rabies found in raccoon

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. —

A Henry County neighborhood will soon go under quarantine after officials discovered another rabid animal.

The county’s ninth case of rabies was recently found in a raccoon.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach went to the McDonough community Saturday afternoon.

The alert and 31-day quarantine will start Monday morning with signs going up around the neighborhood. It’s a fairly densely populated area with about 75 homes. The first rabies cases in Henry started a couple months ago with raccoons. Then there were three rabid foxes either captured or killed after they attacked both people and pets.

Now this is the third raccoon in the last few weeks.

"It’s very alarming to me because on average we get four to five cases a year and this is the ninth,” said Vince Farah of Henry County Animal Control.

Residents are asked to get their pets revaccinated for rabies. Area pet owners are also urged to look out for any wildlife that may be acting strangely.