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2 confirmed rabies cases in Decatur Co. this year already

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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) –Decatur County's Health Department is seeing some unusual rabies cases.

Health officials investigated two positive cases there, one in a raccoon and a rare case in a donkey.

Raccoons, bats, foxes, and skunks are among the most common rabies carriers in Georgia.

Officials say vaccinating pets and livestock and avoiding contact with wild animals are the best ways to avoid exposure to the disease, which can be very uncomfortable and expensive.

"Getting treated for rabies isn't free. Probably, it's gonna cost you about 2-thousand dollars," says Dr. Eddie Hight, a veterinarian. "And I speak because I know what it costs. I had to go through the treatment myself."

Health officials say the two confirmed rabies cases shouldn't alarm people, but should serve as a reminder to get your animals vaccinated and stay up to date with those rabies vaccines.

 
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