Third rabid raccoon identified near Harlem

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:18 PM
Last updated 6:33 PM
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A raccoon killed by dogs near Harlem last week was confirmed Wednesday as Columbia County’s third rabies case this year.

Two dogs killed a raccoon Friday near Macks Road. The animal was sent to health authorities for testing.

It marks the third time this year that dogs came in contact with a raccoon later found to be rabid, and all three cases occurred near Harlem, said Pam Tucker, the director of the county’s Emergency and Operations Division.

The dogs in the first two incidents did not have up-to-date vaccinations and were euthanized.

“The good news is that both of the dogs involved in this current case were current on their rabies vaccinations,” Tucker said. “The dogs will receive a rabies booster shot and be under a 45-day quarantine.”

Columbia County public health officials are advising residents to make sure their animals are vaccinated against rabies.

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albertoli 07/25/13 - 10:11 am
County is doing what?

When the first rabid raccoon was found on the south side of Harlem about 5-6 weeks ago, it was an easy guess that there would be more. When the second one was reported on the north side of Harlem last week, a couple of miles west of Pumpkin Center it was apparent that the outbreak was spreading. Now there is another within a week, approximately in the center of the last two. Did the staff writer leave something out of the article? Surely he asked if the county is going to do anything proactive, such as setting some traps. Or maybe he did and the only response was to "make sure your dogs are vaccinated". Oh, duh!! Is Animal Control merely dog and cat control? Hopefully this outbreak has an intervention before a human is bitten.

soapy_725 07/25/13 - 07:59 am
3rd random rabid raccoon. Say the 12 times real fast. LOL

3rd random rabid raccoon. Say the 12 times real fast. LOL

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/25/13 - 02:52 pm

If they put out traps they'll just catch lots of ’possums.

They could organize night-time hunts for the raccoons. They should tell residents within the affected area to stay inside their homes from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. and then have hunters walk in grid patterns to flush out the ’coons. It would be a good night’s fun for the hunters. I'll bet they would have hundreds of volunteers.

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