PANAMA CITY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - An aggressive raccoon killed in a neighborhood on the north side of the Cooks Bayou Bridge in unincorporated Bay County is rabies positive.
Rabies is a fatal viral infection of the nervous system that is transmitted from animal to animal, or animal to human, by bite, scratch, or mucous membrane exposure to infected saliva or tissues.
Eleven animals have tested positive for rabies in Bay County this year.
In August, a rabid raccoon was found dead in a swimming pool in the North Lagoon Drive area of Panama City Beach and in July, a rabid bat was found on Panama City Beach.
Rabid animals have also been found in Fountain, Youngstown, Cedar Grove, Callaway and Southport in 2019.
If you own a dog or cat more than four months of age, it must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) would like to remind citizens that intentionally or unintentionally feeding raccoons is prohibited in Florida.
Rabid raccoons may appear normal or seem tame. Do not relocate trapped raccoons. Relocating an infected raccoon can spread rabies.
If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water. Seek medical treatment as needed and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.
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