Second case of rabies in northern Whitfield County

DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) – Health officials have confirmed another case of rabies in animals in northwest Georgia.

Whitfield Animal Control found a dead skunk in the Boyles Mill Road area on Monday.

Witnesses say that several stray dogs had interacted with it with animal before it died.

Now a lab confirms that the skunk was rabid.

No humans came in contact with the skunk.

A cow in another part of north Georgia was recently found to be rabid. forcing several people to go through the anti-rabies treatments.

The health department warns residents in northern Whitfield and Murray counties to be aware of aggressive wild mammals.

And make sure your kids stay away from stray dogs, cats and wild mammals.

And, of course, make sure your pets get the rabies vaccine.

Also, people who own livestock in these areas should have farm animals with which they have close contact vaccinated against rabies and be aware that all livestock are susceptible to rabies.

For more information about rabies and its prevention, contact your local Environmental Health office (contact information is at or log onto

Categories: Local News, Murray County, Whitfield County

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