A raccoon received by Health Department staff on February 12, has tested positive for rabies according to lab results received from the Department of Health Pensacola Branch Lab. The raccoon had contact with a dog at a home on Shady Grove Rd., South of Sneads. The dog has been placed in quarantine to prevent possible spread of the disease.
T.G. Harkrider, Environmental Health Director at the Jackson County Health Department stated that “anyone having knowledge of bites or other exposure from a suspected rabid animal to humans or to domestic animals should immediately contact the Health Department at 482-9227 during normal working hours”.
The Jackson County Health Department has an answering service to relay information for assistance after hours and on weekends concerning animal bites and other exposure. This answering service can be reached by calling 526-2412.
Residents are also reminded that Jackson County and the State of Florida have laws requiring vaccination of all dogs and cats.
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