Rabies cases down in state

Friday, June 30th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Officials say the number of reported rabies cases in Oklahoma is down nearly a third this year from last.

Thirty-five cases have been confirmed so far this year compared to 51 cases for the same period last year. Only Grady and Pontotoc counties report an increased number of cases.

State Public Health Veterinarian Kristy Bradley says the primary reason is a reduction in the number of skunks. Bradley says a lower number of rabies cases in cattle, horses and sheep can also be attributed to the smaller skunk population.

But the news isn't all good. Bradley says five dogs have been confirmed to have rabies. That's nearly double the total number for 1999.

She reminds pet owners that state law requires all pets be vaccinated by the time they are four months old.