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Rabies confirmed in Harris County

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HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

The Harris County Health Department is warning area residents after a violent fox has tested positive for rabies in the area of Catuala, Ga.

The fox reportedly attacked two domestic animals on Preston Rd. in Harris County on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and tested positive for rabies on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Anyone with pets that may have come in contact with the fox should contact the Health Department, Animal Control, and your physician right away.

The Health Department strongly advises residents in the area to take the following precautions:

-Have all your dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies. Do not delay.
-Do not pick up or handle any stray dog or cat, or any wild animals.
-Report any bites to County Animal Control and the Health Department.
-Contact Animal Control 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 Animal Control.

Harris County Animal Control – (706) 582-2763
Harris County Health Department – (706) 628-5780
Emergencies - 911

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