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Safety Alert: Rabid Raccoon in Lilburn

A raccoon found Feb. 19 in Lilburn has tested positive for rabies.

A raccoon found in Lilburn on Feb. 19 has tested positive for rabies, according to Gwinnett County officials.

The raccoon was located at 525 Holy Ridge Road, and later tested positive for rabies at the state laboratory.

Recently, two other raccoons found in Buford in January also tested positive for rabies.

Helpful Tips from Gwinnett County:

What does a rabid animal look like?

Rabid animals may act tame. They may also display strange or unusual behavior. They may act aggressive, avoid food and water, foam at the mouth, or have trouble moving. Stay away from any unknown animals, especially wildlife. Report any animal acting unusual to Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770-513-5100.

How can I help protect myself and my family from rabies?

  • Make sure your pets get their rabies shots regularly
  • Keep your pets on your property
  • Do not leave garbage or pet food outside. Food left out may attract wild or stray animals
  • Stay away from wild, sick, hurt, or dead animals. Do not pick up or move sick or hurt animals. If you find a wild, sick, or hurt animal, call Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770.513.5100
  • Do not keep wild animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes as pets. It is dangerous and also illegal
  • Teach your children not to go near, tease, or play with wild animals or strange dogs and cats

Who to contact if bitten?

If you or your child have been bitten or scratched by any stray animals, or if you know of anyone handling this animal please call the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770.339.3200 ext. 5576.

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