On Tuesday, a raccoon captured in a neighborhood adjacent to Patronis Elementary School tested positive for rabies at the State Laboratory in Pensacola.
Anyone who has been bitten, scratched or had mucous membrane contact (such as the eyes, nose or mouth) with a raccoon should contact the Bay County Health Department immediately at 850-872-4720.
The following are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones against rabies:
• Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
• Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Bay County Health Department at 850-872-4720.
• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
• Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
Unusual acting animals should be reported to Bay County Animal Control at 850-784-4005, Panama City Beach Animal Control at 850-233-5100 or Lynn Haven Animal Control at 850-265-1112.
Anyone who is bitten or scratched by wild animals or strays should report the incident to their doctor immediately, as well as Bay County Animal Control, Lynn Haven Animal Control, or Panama City Beach Animal Control and the Bay County Health Department. The contact number to report an animal bite to the Bay County Health Department is phone number 850-872-4720.