Confirmed Rabies Case in Franklin Co.

July 30, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Another confirmed case of rabies near Franklin Springs in Franklin County.

Franklin County Environmental Health Director Louis Korff said there was another incident on Jackson Bridge Road.

“Two little girls were playing out on Jackson Bridge when a neighbor saw the skunk, which was obviously rabid, not 100 feet from where the girls were,” Korff said. “She called 911 and then called me. I came out and observed while a Sheriff’s deputy dispatched the skunk.”

Korff said the situation could have been much worse if the children had tried to help what appeared to be a sick animal needing help.

He reminds children and parents again to never go near a wild animal.

“It was so close to these children and it looked so pathetic that I could see them approaching it to try and help it,” Korff said. “In a blink of an eye, you could have had a tragedy. That’s why we have to educate our children to never to approach a wild animal they see in the daytime. If they see a wild animal in the daytime they need to turn and go the other way and tell a parent.”

Meantime, Franklin County pet owners may soon have more than just two opportunities a year to take advantage of low-cost rabies vaccine clinics.

Korff said the special rabies clinics held last weekend, hosted by the Royston Animal Hospital, were a big success.

“We had over 100 pet owners come out to have their pets vaccinated at the animal clinic and at Deason’s Garden Center,” he said.

Korff said now he is in talks with the vets at Royston Animal Hospital to offer a fall rabies clinic as well.