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DNR Official: Normal Type Year For Rabies

Despite the two recent reports locally of rabid animals either biting or scratching humans, Corporal Eric Brown with the Department of Natural Resources says the disease is not more prevalent this year than any other year.
 
“We do have rabies and canine distemper in Carroll and Haralson Counties. It’s probably a little worse in Haralson,” Brown told WLBB Radio. “This really does not seem to be a more severe year than in years past.”
 
Brown says the hotter the weather, the bigger tendency to see the rabid animals. And if you do see and animal showing signs of rabies, Brown says call 911.
 
“If an animal does not have the instinctual fear of humans, that should raise concern—and wild animal you come in contact with should run from you,” he says. “If you come into contact with something that stands its grounds or makes advances towards you then that animal is most likely sick or injured and it would be in your best interest to back off and call 911.”
 
“It’s important to note that the rabid animal has come into contact with people or livestock via scratching or biting, that it not be shot in the head,” Brown said. “If it is shot in the head, we are unable to send the animal off for testing. They have to look at the brain to know if it has the virus.”
 
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