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Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog Friday.

County officials confirmed the rabies case Wednesday morning, saying the public should not be alarmed as the dog in question has been euthanized.

Two other dogs belonging to the same owner were also put down as a precaution, according to Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

"The two other dogs came back negative for rabies," he said.

The woman, whose name and age were not released, was bitten by a tan-colored, mixed-breed on Burnt River Road, near Bailey Waters Road, northwest of Dawsonville.

A 15-year-old male that reportedly touched the dog is also being evaluated for symptoms of the virus.

Residents living on Grover Burt, Keith Evans, Robert Gibby, Old Henry Grady, Juno, Ivey, Reece, Mildred Elliott and Davenport roads, as well as Shamrock Lane and Tatum Trail that have outside roaming pets are urged to re-vaccinate immediately if they believe their animals may have been in contact with the rabid dog.

"In such cases, consult with your veterinarian to inquire about a rabies vaccine booster. All unvaccinated animals that have been in contact with this animal should be euthanized, or undergo isolated confinement for a period of six months," county officials said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

Dawson County animal control officers went door to door notifying neighbors within a one-mile radius of the bite that the dog had been confirmed to have rabies.

For more information, or if you notice any domestic, stray or wild animals acting out of the ordinary, avoid contact with animal and confine it, then call 9-1-1 or Dawson County Animal Control at (706) 265-7387.