Hall County reports first rabies case of 2022

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GAINESVILLE — A rabid fox recently came in contact with a dog near the 5200 block of Young Road in the Gainesville area.

The fox was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.

Hall County Animal Control was told the fox tested positive for rabies, making this the first confirmed case of rabies in Hall County in 2022.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid fox was located. If you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours, call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter, located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville, for $10, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (678) 450-1587.