As Tim Allee, the Northwest Georgia Public Health Environmental Health Director, quite properly hastened to explain that’s likely a case of this area have a strong public information and awareness program that causes a high rate of reporting and subsequent testing for rabies.
Pet protection remains the key, and seems successful if not perfect. Of the 15 reported cases, two were in dogs, three in foxes and 10 involved raccoons. Since Floyd Countians still live in an area full of “nature” and wildlife that’s simply an associated risk ... like have a tree fall on your house in a windstorm.
Some 13 of the 15 instances were “unavoidable” unless all susceptible wildlife is hunted down, captured, vaccinated and then released back into the wild. Actually, given recent events, the odds are probably greater of having a tree fall on your house.