Friday, December 14, 2012
The man is being treated after he was bitten by a stray cat earlier this month.
Friday, December 14, 2012
A Cherokee County man is being treated for rabies exposure after he was attacked by a stray cat, officials with the North Georgia Health District said Thursday evening. According to a press release, the man was attacked on Dec. 1 after responding to sounds of cats fighting outside his home near the intersection of Highway 140/Hickory Flat Highway and Creek Hollow Drive in southeast Cherokee County. A gray and white cat he fed often was outside his home and started rubbing against the man's legs. The cat suddenly became aggressive and bit him. The cat ran away, but when it returned to the property, the man shot the cat. The incident was reported to the Cherokee County Environmental Health Department on Dec. 6 and the cat's body was …
Monday, September 10, 2012
The incident occurred Sept. 2 at the Cherokee South Apartments off Marietta Highway.
A cat that scratched a woman at a Canton apartment complex has tested positive for rabies, and health officials are searching for others who might have come into contact with it. The stray cat, described as a black and white shorthaired female, "aggressively" scratched the woman at the Cherokee South Apartments off Marietta Highway in Canton on Sept. 2, Jennifer King, the spokeswoman for the North Georgia Health District, said. "The cat was immediately trapped and later died in its cage on Sept. 4," she said. "Cherokee County Environmental Health officials sent its remains to the state lab for rabies testing and the positive results were reported on Sept. 6." Since then, health officials have blanketed the area around the apartment complex…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
After a kitten tested positive for rabies, officials tested more cats and kittens in the area.
Lab results are back for the additional kittens tested for rabies. "We just got them this afternoon," Ray King, district director of environmental health for the North Georgia Health District. "They were negative." The rabid kitten that lingered around the Riverstone Parkway Starbucks was just one in a colony of feral cats living in the woods of Canton, health officials now say. Since Cherokee County Environmental Health authorities announced on March 8 that the gray-striped kitten with medium-length fur tested positive for rabies, at least four more cats have been tested, according to a report on WSB-TV. Another remains in quarantine. It's not clear when the lab results will come back. Attempts to reach North Georgia Health District …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
"A variety of people in Cherokee County" came into contact with the gray-striped kitten prior to its death, North Georgia Health District spokeswoman Jennifer King said.
Call your local environmental health office or medical care provider if you came into contact with a stray kitten at the Riverstone Parkway Starbucks between Feb. 22 and March 1. Today, Cherokee County Environmental Health officials announced that the gray-striped kitten with medium-length fur tested positive for rabies. "A variety of people in Cherokee County" handled the kitten prior to its death, North Georgia Health District spokeswoman Jennifer King said. A young woman who works at a Canton veterinary office picked it up on March 1 at the Riverstone Starbucks, where it had been touched by an unspecified number of people. The woman took the kitten to her Canton home and several more people were exposed to it, King said. Last Friday, …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
On August 10, two dogs attacked and killed a raccoon on Sardis Circle in Canton. The raccoon tested positive for rabies.
Another raccoon in Cherokee County has tested positive for rabies, North Georgia Health District spokeswoman Jennifer King said today. "This makes a total of seven confirmed cases of rabies for the county this year, including four other raccoons, a dog and a fox," she said. The latest case involves two dogs who attacked and killed a raccoon on Sardis Circle in Canton on Aug. 10. Cherokee County Environmental Health specialist Glendon Gordy said the head of the raccoon was sent to the Georgia State Laboratory for testing. County health officials learned of the positive results on Aug. 12. There was no human exposure, and both dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations. Still, they will be given a rabies booster shot and placed under 45-…
Friday, July 22, 2011
It's the fourth case this summer.
For the fourth time since May, a Cherokee County animal has tested positive for rabies. According to Cherokee County Environmental Health specialist Glendon Gordy, a rabid fox attacked a dog, then chased a jogger at a Woodstock residence on Hickory Fairway Drive on July 14. "The jogger kicked the fox away and it ran under the deck of a nearby home where it remained until local law enforcement arrived and shot it," North Georgia Health District spokeswoman Jennifer King said in an email to Canton-Sixes Patch. The head of the fox was sent to the Georgia State Laboratory on Monday. Officials learned the results on Wednesday. "The jogger has begun post rabies exposure treatment, which consists of one shot of rabies immune globulin and four …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The animal attacked two Canton dogs.
A raccoon that fought two Canton dogs has tested positive for rabies, health officials said. The dogs were vaccinated and will only require a 45-day quarantine, North Georgia Health District spokeswoman Jennifer King said in an email to Canton-Sixes Patch. There was no human exposure, she said. According to Glendon Gordy, a Cherokee County Environmental Health official, the raccoon fought with the two dogs on June 28 at a home on Stillbrook Court in Canton. "The raccoon's head was sent to the Georgia State Lab, and the positive test result for rabies was returned to local health officials on July 8," King said in the email. The positive test results came a week to the day that health officials said 11 Georgians were exposed to an …
Friday, July 1, 2011
The dog belonged to a family living near the intersection of Union Hill and East Cherokee roads.
Eleven Georgians – seven from Cherokee County, three from Pickens County and one from Houston County – were exposed to an unvaccinated dog that later tested positive for rabies. "The dog had become ill with the rabies virus, exposing everyone who came into contact with it, including five family members and six others who had visited the home," said Jennifer King, spokeswoman for the North Georgia Health District in Dalton. "It is not known how or where the dog came into contact with rabies." The dog belonged to a family living near the intersection of Union Hill and East Cherokee roads. It died June 24. Prior to the dog's death, it bit its two adult owners and a pig. The dog's body was taken to the Cherokee Emergency Veterinarian Clinic. …
Friday, May 20, 2011
The attack occurred May 3 at a residence on Hightower Trail in Ball Ground.
A raccoon that recently attacked a local dog tested positive for rabies, the Cherokee County Environmental Health Department announced this afternoon. The attack occurred May 3 at a residence on Hightower Trail in Ball Ground. There was no human exposure, and since the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, only a 45-day home quarantine is required. Click here or call 770-479-0444 for information about rabies and its prevention.