Local health officials are still on the lookout for a white poodle who bit two people from Bibb County last week.
If they do not find the dog by Thursday night, the state requires that they assume the dog has rabies and the victims must start treatment.
This comes just over two weeks after a rabid fox incident in Bibb County.
Jennifer Jones with the North Central Health District says they see more rabies cases during the summer months because more wild animals migrate to populated areas looking for water.
If found, the missing poodle would be the first animal tested for rabies in Bibb County this month. The Houston County Health Department has already tested four animals; one of them tested positive for the virus.
That animal was a kitten, which the Centers for Disease Control says is more common than a rabid dog. In Georgia, they say raccoons are the biggest carriers.
Christine Buffington with the Houston County Health Department says if someone gets scratched or bitten, they should see their physician or contact their local health department.
The animal will have to be quarantined for ten days, but if someone's pet is suspected of rabies, the health department will let the owner keep the pet at home during that period.
Buffington says the only way to test a living animal for rabies is monitoring their health during the quarantine. If the animal is not alive, they will submit pieces of brain tissue for testing.
Scientists do not have a way to test humans for rabies, which is why Buffington says people should start treatment as soon as possible. That consists of getting five shots over two weeks.
She says, "You have to treat it before the signs and indications occur. If you are experiencing signs of rabies as a human, more often than not it's too late."
According to the CDC, most cases become fatal without treatment, but they say only two or three human deaths occur per year from rabies in the United States.
The Macon-Bibb Health Department asks anyone who has seen a stray poodle in the past week call Donna Cadwell at (478) 749-0121.
You may also like:
Andy Griffith Dies: The beloved actor Andy Griffith died on July 3, 2012.
'42' Filming: Photos from the filming of the movie '42'
Mugshots: Macon Regional Crimestoppers says these people are wanted on warrants in Middle Georgia..
Fish With Teeth: Fish With Teeth Found in Ill. Lake
Kathleen House Fire: The Houston County Sheriff's Office has identified the 12-year-old victim of the Kathleen house fire as India J. Collins, according to a press release.
Frank Malloy Celebrates 30 Years at 13WMAZ: For 30 years, Frank Malloy has been a presence in homes all across Central Georgia.
Stephen McDaniel June 19 Hearing: A Bibb County judge denied murder suspect Stephen McDaniel's request for lower bond on June 19, 2012.
Big Ol' Fish: Photos of your latest catches from around Central Georgia
Search for Kit Colburn: Some of the hundreds of people (and search dogs) who took part in the search for 10-year-old Kit Colburn, who walked off the campus of Russell Elementary.
Major Drug Bust: Ten Central Georgia law enforcement agencies served arrest warrants to 31 different people.
George Zimmerman Evidence Released: The full evidence in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Trail Cam Gems: Your trail cams in Macon
Gator Roundups: Check out these wild gator captures in Fla.
Incredible Clouds: A view of a beautiful evening sky in Jones County
Severe Weather Galleries:
July 1, 2012 Storms: Severe weather in July
July 3, 2012 Storms: Severe weather in July
Midwest Tornadoes: Iowa towns are devastated by some of dozens of tornadoes that hit the Midwest and Plains in April.
January 21, 2012 Storms: Severe weather in winter
Sept. 27, 2011 Storm Photos: Severe weather in Fall
November 16 Storm: Severe weather in Fall
April 16, 2011 Storm Photos: Severe weather last Spring
March 26, 2011 Storms: Severe weather last Spring
April 28, 2011 Storms: Severe weather last Spring
April 4, 2011 Storms: Severe weather last Spring
Tornado in Tuscaloosa: Photos from the tornado that hit Ala.
Joplin, Mo. Tornado: Photos from the tornado that hit Mo.
Tornado in Harrisburg, Ill. : Photos from the tornado that hit Ill.