Rabid raccoon caught in Panama City Beach


BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Another raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Bay County.

Health Department officials say the raccoon was caught in a neighborhood between Frank Brown Park and Highway 79 in Panama City Beach. They say Friday a second raccoon attacked a dog in The Glades neighborhood of Panama City Beach. That second raccoon escaped before it could be tested, but is suspected to be rabid as well.

Health officials say there have been five confirmed rabid animals in Bay County this year. Two weeks ago, a rabid raccoon killed a dog in Bayou George. In June, a rabid fox was killed while attaching a person in the Burnt Mill Creek area off Highway 388. In May, a raccoon caught off Cabana Boulevard in Panama City Beach tested positive. In February, a raccoon in the Cove area of Panama City tested positive for rabies.

Health officials remind you rabies is a fatal viral infection of the nervous system. It can be transmitted from animal to animal and animal to human by bite, scratch, or infected saliva.