Hall County officials say they recently confirmed the county's eighth case of rabies in 2013. Officials from Hall County Animal Services said Wednesday that a dog recently came into contact with a rabid raccoon.
A rabies alert has been issued in part of Hall County after a rabid bat was found inside of a house in Gainesville. The bat was found in a house Friday and has been shipped to the virology section of the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's digging deeper into the case of a rabies-infected organ donor. Rabies expert Richard Franka said Wednesday that investigators in Atlanta are trying to understand why three of the four people who got organs from the Florida donor in 2011 didn't develop the deadly disease. A fourth recipient from Maryland died of rabies in February.
Authorities say at least 10 people and two dogs have been exposed to rabies after contact with a rabid cat in the Savannah area. Authorities in Chatham County say a rabid cat has bitten or scratched 9 people and two dogs. WTOC-TV Thursday reported the feral cat bit at least one person and scratched others before being reported to animal control on Nov. 28.