Columbus Department of Health confirms case of rabies in Columbus

Rabies confirmed in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – On Monday, Oct. 26 an aggressive raccoon attacked a person in the Reese Road/Lamore Street area of Columbus.

The raccoon was tested on Oct. 28 by the State Laboratory and was confirmed to have rabies.

The Columbus Health Department is asking if you or any of your domestic animals may have come in contact with a raccoon in the Reese Road and Lamore Street area, please contact the Health Department, animal control and your physician immediately.

People in that area 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 animal bites and or scratches 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 wash and rinse the wound thoroughly, apply disinfectant, seek medical attention and report the animal bite or scratch to the Health Department and Animal Control.

For more information please contact the Columbus Animal control at (706) 653-4512.

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