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Rabies Case Confirmed in Marion County

LABORATORY CONFIRMED CASE OF RABIES IN MARION COUNTY
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, a raccoon, that tried to attack a homeowner in Marion County tested
positive for rabies. The Marion County Health Department is asking if you or any of your domestic
animals may have come in contact with
a RACCOON in the Governor’s Drive area of Hwy 240, please contact the Health Department, the
Sheriff’s Office and your Physician immediately.

There have been several cases of foxes and raccoons testing positive for rabies in this area in the
last 12 months. Having a rabies vaccine for any animals that you own is imperative for keeping them
and your family safe against rabies. Residents in the area should monitor your pets activity when
they are outside. If you notice any wild or stray animals acting strangely, please contact the
Sheriff’s Department.

RESIDENTS OF THESE AREAS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS:
• HAVE ALL OF YOUR DOGS AND CATS VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES! Do not delay. See your veterinarian.
• Do not pick up or handle any stray dog or cat, or any wild animals.
• Report any bites to the Sheriff’s Department and the Health Department.
• Contact the Sheriff’s Department to report any animals that are behaving strangely or
aggressively.
• IF YOUR PET IS BEHAVING STRANGELY OR IS INJURED, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY.
• Teach children about the dangers of stray and wild animals.
• If you are bitten or scratched by any animal please:
1. Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes.
2. Apply a disinfectant.
3. Seek medical attention at once.
4. Report the bite to the Health Department AND the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents can contact:

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – 229-649-3841  or  MARION COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT – 229-649-5664