BAY COUNTY, Fla A raccoon killed along North Lagoon Drive, east of Laurie Avenue in Panama City Beach, has tested positive for rabies. This is the fifth Bay County animal testing positive for rabies in 2013. Other animals testing positive for rabies in 2013 include three raccoons and one domestic cat.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County says raccoons and bats are the Florida animals most frequently testing positive for rabies.
Raccoons can secrete the rabies virus in their saliva before they have noticeable symptoms. All contact with raccoons and bats should be avoided. As well, it is illegal to feed raccoons, either directly or indirectly. Feeding raccoons artificially increases their population and increases the likelihood diseases like rabies will spread and conflicts with dogs or cats will occur.