Rabies alert issued in Gwinnett

NORCROSS -- A rabies alert has been issued in the area following recent animal bites in Gwinnett County.

Most recently, a worker was replacing windows at a Forest Vale Circle home Dec. 27 in Norcross when he was bitten by a bat.

Officer Mike Chatham with Gwinnett County Animal Control said the man who was bitten has started taking rabies shots as a precaution. The bat was not captured.

Just two weeks earlier, a woman was crossing a creek in Lilburn when a fox approached and bit her. She, too, was treated for rabies.

Chatham said anybody who notices wild animals acting abnormally should call 911.

Aggressive animals to watch for include bats, raccoons, foxes and coyotes that act confrontational around humans.

Chatham said there were three rabies alerts in December and two incidents in October as well. Alerts generally occur in the county at least once a month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals "most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the CDC each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes."

For more information, call the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Office at 770-339-3200.