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Rabid Raccoon Bites North Forsyth Man

This is the second confirmed case of rabies in Forsyth County this year.

A raccoon that bit a 72-year-old man on the finger last week in northwest Forsyth County has tested positive for rabies, according to the .

The man was bitten on Aug. 30 as he was entering his barn to get food for his animals.

“The raccoon gave no signs of aggression or being rabid when the man saw him," said Lt. David Waters of the Special Services Unit of the FCSO. "It just attacked him immediately when he came into the barn."

The critter was captured and taken to a local veterinarian clinic for testing. The man, whose home is located off Hopewell Road, was treated for rabies following the incident.

“We are urging our citizens to keep a close eye on any wildlife they may come in contact with,” said Waters. “For the safety of anyone’s dogs, cats and other animals please be aware that rabid animals have been confirmed in Forsyth County.”

This is the second confirmed case of rabies in the county this summer. Cases of rabid animals have also been confirmed in Hall and Dawson counties.

“Persons in the northern part of the county need to remain very cautious if they come in contact with any animal that may be acting aggressive as well as any wildlife that may not flee from humans," Waters said. "We urge the public to report any suspicious acting animals to the Animal Control Unit at 770-781-2138 or call 911.” 

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Pet owners are urged to keep pets up-to-date on their vaccinations.

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