All Bay County under rabies alert

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A rabies alert has been expanded to all of Bay County.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is expanding a rabies alert issued in March. Health officials say there were four confirmed rabies cases in the span of a month.

Health officials say the most recent case involved a rabid raccoon killed by dogs off Oakenshaw Drive between Highway 2301 and Camp Flowers Road in Youngstown.

Florida law requires pets four months or older to be vaccinated. If an animal is not vaccinated, keep the pet inside. Health officials say cats are the most likely to be infected with rabies.

Rabies is a fatal viral infection of the nervous system transmitted from animal to animal or animal to human by bite, scratch, or mucous membrane exposure.

If your pet fights a wild animal, contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County. The wild animal will need to be tested for rabies. Health official ask you do not shoot the wild animal in the head.

The alert will last 60 days.