The disease can spread to people and pets through bites and scratches. The county urged pet owners to ensure their animals are current on their rabies vaccinations. According to the National Association of State Health Veterinarians, unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to a rabid animal must be strictly quarantined for four months and vaccinated one month prior to being released, the county said.
Untreated, rabies in humans is almost always fatal. Early symptoms of rabies in people include fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort.