Animal control officials are urging local pet owners to make sure their animals are up-to-date on rabies vaccines after an outbreak of the deadly virus in Winder over the past week.
Barrow County Animal Control’s staff cannot recall the county ever having multiple cases of rabies in such a short period of time.
Madison County is the only other county in the Northeast Health District that has reported any cases of rabies this year, and they were in two skunks.
But in Winder, two raccoons tested positive for the virus last week in back-to-back incidents only a mile apart — Tuesday on Meadowbrook Drive and Wednesday on Hidden Court.
Then on Sunday and Monday of this week, two homeowners on the same side of town had frightening encounters with skunks that likely had rabies, but managed to avoid capture and testing.
Jimmy Terrell, the interim director of Barrow County’s Animal Control, said Tuesday in a statement to the media that there have been “a number of skunk sightings” in the West Midland Avenue area lately. He asked anyone seeing a skunk or finding skunk remains to call 770-307-3012.
For the full story, see the March 12 issue of the Barrow Journal.