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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Marion County

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On Wednesday, March 9 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 Highway 240 to 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:

  • Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes.
  • Apply a disinfectant.
  • Seek medical attention at once.
  • Report the bite to the Health Department AND the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents can contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 229-649-3841 or the Marion County Health Department at 229-649-5664

Additionally, the Columbus Health Department will be having a Drive-Thru Rabies Clinic on April 28 at the Columbus Civic Center. This allows dog and cat owners to conveniently have their pets vaccinated against rabies, and Muscogee County residents to receive a city permit.

To pre-register and guarantee your dog or cat a Rabies Vaccination on the day of the clinic, please contact the Environmental Health Office at the Columbus Health Department at 706-321-6170.

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