DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County said they have confirmed their seventh rabies case of the year Monday and their third case within the last week.
Officials said a raccoon was caught in the 400 block of North Hairston Road Thursday. It later tested positive for rabies.
The Dunwoody, Decatur, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates, and Lithonia areas have all had confirmed cases of rabies since the start of the year.
Rabies is known to occur all year long in Georgia and is not unusual for several cases to be reported at this time year, according to DeKalb County officials.
Pet owners should make their furry friends are up-to-date on their vaccines and should not allow them outdoors unsupervised. In addition, homeowners should avoid outdoor feeding stations.
Anyone who has been scratched or bitten by an animal should seek medical attention immediately as the virus is spread through saliva and blood.
Residents who see any animal acting strangely should contact animal control.