Rabies case confirmed on Catalina Drive

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A rabies case has been confirmed on Catalina Drive in Columbus.

The Columbus Department of Environmental Health confirm that a fox in the area was tested by the state laboratory and was positive for rabies.

The Department of Health urges residents in the area to contact Animal Control if any stray, domestic animals, bats, raccoons, foxes, etc. are seen in the area

Residents in the Catalina Drive are strongly advised to take the following precautions.

  • Have all of your dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies! Do not delay. See your veterinarian.
  • Do not pick up or handle any stray dog or cat, or any wild animals-call local animal control to pick it up.
  • Report any animal bites and or scratches to the Health Department. During non-business hours, contact GA Poison Control 800-222-1222 to report.
  • Contact Animal Control to report any animals that are behaving strangely or aggressively.
  • If your pet is behaving strangely or is injured, contact your local veterinarian immediately.
  • Teach children about the dangers of stray and wild animals.
  • If you are bitten or scratched by any animal, please:

    • Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes.
    • Apply a disinfectant.
    • Seek medical attention at once.
    • Report the animal bite and/or scratch to the Health Department.

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