On April 2, 2019, the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department received a call that a sick raccoon had come into contact with a dog on Wild Turkey Drive, in Locust Grove, Georgia. The raccoon was taken to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing, and the results came back positive for the rabies virus. This is the second rabies positive raccoon in Henry County since January 2019.

The Henry County Animal Care and Control Department has issued a: A 45-day Rabies Alert, as required by the Georgia Rabies Control Manual, for a half-mile area in and around the Kimbell Farms Estates Subdivision, in Locust Grove, GA. During this alert, residents living within this area should make sure that all of their companion animals have a current rabies vaccination, and if not must do so as soon as possible.

Rabies is an acute viral disease of the central nervous system that affects humans and other mammals. It is almost exclusively transmitted through saliva from the bite of an infected animal.

More information about rabies control in Henry County can be found on the Henry County Animal Control website.