Chatham County, Ga. (WTGS FOX 28) -- Two raccoons found in Chatham County have tested positive for rabies, according to the Coastal Health District.
One of the animals was found in Thunderbolt and the other off East Victory Drive between Bee Road and the Truman Parkway.
Both raccoons came into contact with family dogs. In the first case, all three dogs were up-to-date on vaccinations and have been placed under a 45-day home observation. In the second case, one dog and three puppies were not up-to-date on vaccinations and are being held in quarantine at Chatham County Animal Services.
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus primarily spread by infected animals. The Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health office offers these tips to protect you and your family from rabies:
Symptoms of rabies in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies (such as humans), foaming at the mouth and paralysis.
If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact Chatham County Animal Services at 912-652-6575 and the Chatham County Environmental Health office at 912-356-2160.