Rabies investigations ongoing in Grady

CAIRO, Ga. -- A case of rabies was confirmed in Grady County last month in an unvaccinated dog, the Southwest Public Health District reported Thursday.

Not only did the dog die, but the pet's family was exposed as well, officials with the health district said. In addition, reports have been investigated of animal bites from four dogs and a cat since of the first of the year -- also in Grady County.

All mammals are vulnerable to rabies, including horses, goats and cattle. Health officials recommend dogs and cats three months old or older be vaccinated against the disease. Pet ferrets should receive inoculations, as should valuable livestock.

Raccoons account for many of the local positive cases, but bats, foxes, skunks, bobcats and coyotes have been known to carry it in Georgia also.