The Elbert County Health and Environment has been responding to resident reports of odd behavior and deaths in Elbert County wildlife. In the past 12 …
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The Elbert County Health and Environment has been responding to
resident reports of odd behavior and deaths in Elbert County
In the past 12 months, 11 samples have been collected and have
tested positive for rabies virus.
The most recent sample, a skunk, was showing uncoordinated and
aggressive behavior in a neighborhood on the outskirts of
Elbert County Health Officials suggest that pet owners make sure
that their cats’ and dogs’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and
other mammals, resulting in death. The virus is shed in the saliva
of infected animals.
Additional precaution to prevent possible exposure to rabies
Do not feed wild animals. Do not leave pet food outside, or feed
more than your outdoor pet will finish in one feeding.
Do not leave livestock feed containers open in sheds or barns.
Remove junk piles from around the home that might be attractive
nesting areas for wild animals.
Teach children to stay away from all wild animals, stray
domestic animals or dead animals they might find.
Do not let pets roam freely, as this increases the chance they
will be exposed without your knowledge.
If a pet is bitten, scratched or sprayed by a wild animal,
please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Report any dog or cat bites to your doctor or Elbert County
Animal Control immediately.
Typically, raccoons and skunks rarely are seen in the daylight
hours. If any wild animals are seen exhibiting odd or aggressive
behavior, contact the Elbert County Animal Control officer at
303-621-2030, or Elbert County Health at 303-621-3193 or
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