CAMDEN COUNTY, GA - Health officials in Camden County have discovered a bat with rabies in the area and are urging people, particularly pet owners, to take precautions.
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals such as bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says contact with bats is the most common way for humans to contract rabies.
In order to avoid the disease, the Camden Health Department is urging residents not to handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out overnight. Experts also advise against adopting wild animals or bringing them into your home.
If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact Camden County Animal Control at (912) 576-7395 and the Camden County Health Department Environmental Health Division at (912) 729-6012.