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Friday, February 24, 2012

Alert: Raccoon with rabies found on Freemanville Road.

Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) is encouraging residents in the Freemanville Road area to be aware that a dead raccoon discovered in the area has tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon was tested by FCAS services after a resident contacted them for assistance. The City of Milton was informed of the animal by the county.

Please do not be alarmed: rabies periodically affects some areas, especially more rural areas like Milton. However, there are precautions residents can take to protect themselves, their families and pets from the disease.

1.Please sure that any domestic pets have a current rabies vaccination.
2.Neither Adults nor children should approach or handle any wildlife in the area.
3.If your domestic pet (dog or cat) has any unexplained wounds or is ill in any way you should immediately take your pet to a veterinarian.
4.If you have observed any wildlife in the area that appears sick or wounded you should contact FCAS at 404-613-2163.
For more information on rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by clicking here. For more information on this specific incident, contact Fulton County spokeswoman Jolene Butts Freeman at 404-612-2209, 404-234-8945 or Jolene.freeman@fultoncountyga.gov .

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