GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Hall County officials said Monday that a rabid raccoon was discovered within the city limits of Gainesville.

According to county animal services director Mike Ledford, there was contact between a rabid raccoon and a dog in the 300 block of Mountain View Drive in Gainesville.

Ledford said the raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab - Virology Section in Decatur for testing.

Hall County Animal Control was advised on Friday that the raccoon tested positive for rabies, marking the fifth confirmed case in Hall County in 2019.

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Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located.

People who live in that area, or those who see an animal acting abnormally in the area are asked to contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830. After hours calls may be directed to 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are advised to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at 1688 Barber Road, Gainesville. 

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