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Two rabies cases reported in Decatur County

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) –Public health officials issued a rabies warning Wednesday after a raccoon and donkey in Decatur County tested positive for the disease.

Health officials say it's rare for a donkey to contract rabies, but all mammals are vulnerable to the virus.

"We know rabies is in the wild animal population, so we are not surprised to see positive cases now and then," Ansley Johnson said.

"All mammals are vulnerable to rabies, including horses, goats and cattle. But generally when we see exposures in domestic animals they are in pet dogs and cats. This is the first time we've seen a donkey with rabies in the district."

Health officials recommend getting pets and livestock vaccinated, especially those who could come into contact with wild animals.

The disease is transmitted mainly through bites from an infected animal but it can be passed simply through saliva.

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