A third case of rabies has recently been confirmed, which totals up to three cases in just over two week’s time.
The first incident occurred on April 30th in the Rock Branch road area.
Elbert County Animal Control Officer Jeff Simpson says it was another rabid skunk.
“First case was in the Rock Branch area, and it was a skunk around 7:30/8 o’clock in the morning chasing around a larger dog and actually had killed a cat, and the owners of the residence there actually put this skunk down,” says Simpson.
The skunk was sent off for testing after the incident and it did indeed come back positive for rabies.
A second case was reported on April 30th as well in the Bowman Area where another skunk got into a kennel with two dogs overnight.
All three animals that received exposure in the first two cases were up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
The third incident involved similar circumstances as a skunk got into a cage with four dogs, but unfortunately a couple of the dogs were not up to date on their vaccinations.
Simpson says they are still trying working with the owner of the animals on this case.
“A skunk got into a pen with four dogs and unfortunately some of those were not vaccinated so we’re working with the owner right now trying to figure out what we’re going to do with this case,” says Simpson.
He says that rabies is very prevalent in our area, since over in Madison County there have been a handful of confirmed rabies cases as well.
Simpson recommends that if you want to prevent your pets being exposed to rabid animals, be sure to not overfeed them.
“Give the animals only enough for them to eat at that time. Try not to leave any excess food, and the best thing you can do preventing it wise having your animals updated on their rabies vaccine,” says Simpson.
Be sure to report any incidence of bites from any animal to the Elbert County Animal Control Service by calling (706) 283-5054.
So far in 2013 there have been five confirmed cases of the rabies virus.