BAY COUNTY, Fla. A raccoon captured along 9th Street, east of Lynn Haven City Hall, has tested positive for rabies. This is Bay County’s third laboratory confirmed rabid raccoon of 2014.
Two weeks ago, a raccoon from De Len Drive in the High Point area tested positive for rabies. In January, a rabid raccoon was killed in the area of the Panama City Country Club in the City of Lynn Haven.
In 2013, one cat and seven raccoons tested positive for rabies in Bay County.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County would like to remind citizens that Florida law requires dogs and cats over four months of age to be “currently vaccinated” for rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Unvaccinated dogs and cats should not be outdoors without direct and continuous adult supervision.
The first rabies vaccination an animal receives expires in one year, regardless of what is indicated on the rabies certificate or the vaccine type given. An animal is not considered “currently vaccinated” until at least 28 days have passed since its first vaccination. Animals given “feed-store” rabies vaccines by their owners are not legally vaccinated.