Forsyth County

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Forsyth County

SUWANEE, Ga. — A raccoon tested positive for rabies in Suwanee after it was captured on Sunday, July 16.

The raccoon was found in the area of Rivercrest Lane in the Grand Cascades subdivision off of James Burgess Road.

“The resident that reported the rabid animal did a great job of notifying us of the possibly rabid raccoon,” said Forsyth County Animal Services Supervisor Haley Brown. “The prompt report of the animal allowed for Animal Services to respond quickly and capture it for testing.”

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The people, and a dog, that came in contact with the raccoon were referred to a healthcare provider and treated for any exposure.

The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab and tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, July 18.

If any person or domestic animal had any contact with a raccoon or had the potential to have contact with it, you are urged to call Forsyth County Environmental Health at 770-781-6909.

To report a wild, or domesticated, animal acting strangely, avoid the animal and contact Forsyth County Animal Services at 770-781-2138.

If it is after business hours, contact the Forsyth County 911 Center after hours line at 770-781-3087.

To report an animal bite, immediately call the Georgia Poison Control Center helpline at 1-800-222-1222 for medical instructions.

Georgia’s Rabies Control Law mandates that every cat and dog be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian to protect them and prevent spread of the disease.


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