Rabies alert issued after Suwanee raccoon tests positive

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County has issued a rabies alert after a raccoon in Suwanee recently tested positive for the disease.

A raccoon found Dec. 4 on Saint Aurics Drive in Suwanee tested positive for rabies at the state laboratory, officials have announced. Gwinnett County animal control asks that if anyone has been bitten or scratched by any stray animals, or has knowledge of anyone handling the animal, to call 770-339-3200.

The animal is the third in Gwinnett County to test positive for rabies in about a six-week span. On Nov. 11, a fox found at Hoke O'Kelly Mill Road in Loganville was determined to have the disease. On Oct. 25, a cat found on Melody Lane in Lawrenceville tested positive.

For more information on rabid animals and how to protect yourself, vist www.gwinnettcounty.com or call animal control at 770-513-5100.