BAY COUNTY, Fla. A raccoon captured near Highway 2311 and De Len Drive in the High Point area has tested positive for rabies.
This is the second laboratory confirmed rabid raccoon of 2014. The first rabid raccoon was killed in the area of the Panama City Country Club in the City of Lynn Haven on January 3, 2014. 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.
Dogs and cats without a current veterinarian-administered vaccine are unvaccinated. Animals given “feed-store” rabies vaccines by their owners are not legally vaccinated
Most laboratory-confirmed rabid raccoons are involved in conflicts with dogs. Following raccoons and bats, domestic cats are the animal third most likely to test positive for rabies in Florida. An unvaccinated pet increases your family’s risk for exposure to this deadly disease.