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County Commissioner Wants Rabies Protocols Examined

Following up on a story we reported Wednesday about a raccoon that charged a man in Villa Rica that tested positive for rabies: Carroll County’s District 2 Commissioner Vickie Anderson is asking why it took so long for an advisory about the rabid animal to reach the public. The incident involving the raccoon and a Villa Rica man happened Wednesday, October 31st. The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed the raccoon did have rabies on Tuesday, November 13th. Anderson said it appears there is no protocol for proactively sharing this type of information from within Carroll County Animal Control or from the Georgia Department of Health.

“Finding out after fourteen days bothers me. It shocks me to learn that we haven’t heard some information on that, as far as a rabid animal in our community,” said Anderson. “In talking with our animal control who then reports it to the department of health and then to DNR, it looks like we are lacking in protocols and communication. I think that is one thing that we need to look at.”

Anderson said she plans to bring the matter up for discussion during the board of commissioners next meeting.

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