DeKalb County officials have placed two north DeKalb neighborhoods on alert after rabid raccoons were found in the areas.

Officials said the two animals were captured near Ragley Hall Road in Brookhaven and Harts Mills Court in Chamblee. The Harts Mill animal was captured April 28. The Chamblee raccoon was captured April 30. Both tested positive for rabies.

County officials said that anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a wild animal should seek medical attention immediately.

The also warned homeowners to remove outdoor pet food and to watch pets for signs of the disease. “If household pets begin to exhibit unusual nervousness or aggressiveness, or if they have excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth, contact DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement,” the county said in a press release.

Animal services officials can be reached at (404) 294-2996 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. or at (404) 294-2519 after hours, the release said.

Joe Earle

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