A rabid raccoon was found this week on Timbers Drive in Dothan.
The county health department tested the animal and found it did have rabies.
A homeowner found the raccoon after it fought with her dogs.
The health department said she did come in contact with the rabid animal and is being treated as a precaution.
"For the most part (rabies) is not reversible once you start seeing symptoms, so it is something we need to respect even though it is rare to have a case. I believe 1994 was the last time to have someone pass away from the disease in Houston County," said Corey Kirkland, with the Houston County Health Department.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to vaccinate your pets.
Alabama law requires all dogs and cats over three months old to be vaccinated against rabies.