Chatham County, GA (WTGS) — Health Department officials say a raccoon found in a backyard in Clairborn Retreat on Skidaway Island has tested positive for rabies.
The animal was found in the backyard with the family's dog. The dog was up to date on his rabies shot and will get a booster vaccine.
Health officials say several different wild animals can carry rabies including raccoons, foxes and bats.
They suggest avoiding any contact with wild animals or animals you don't know and make sure your pets receive their rabies vaccines.
They also say you should avoid attracting wild animals to your property by leaving garbage cans open or pet food out at night.
Rabies symptoms in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of humans, foaming at the mouth and paralysis.
If you see an animal that might be rabid, contact Chatham County Animal Services at 912-652-6575 or your local county animal control division.