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Rabies exposure possible this summer

July 17, 2007

Albany -- Public health workers want to make sure you're not putting yourself at risk for rabies, especially since it's summer and you many spend more time outdoors.

Rabies can be deadly and it's easily contracted from stray and wild animals that have not been vaccinated. This year, there have been already at least three confirmed rabies cases in animals in Southwest Georgia.

Public health workers say if you see an animal acting strangely, it could be a sign it is infected.

"You notice any wild animals that's acting suspicious. Something that's not domesticated, if its acting domesticated, that's a trigger for you to know that's an animal you need to stay away from and sometime people will go up and pet those kind of animals or try to feed and that's exactly what you don't want to do," says Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

The health department has a nurse and environmentalist on call 24 hours a day to investigate animal bites and possible rabies exposures.

Health workers say you need to teach your children not to touch or feed stray animals and you should seek emergency treatment if you're attacked by a wild or stray animal.

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