Rabies alert issued for northern Bay County

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is issuing a rabies alert for parts of northern Bay County.

A second gray fox was confirmed to have rabies in the area of northern Bay County off the north end of Resota Beach Road. The first case was in mid-February off Prosper Road east of Lake Merial.

The rabies alert is for 60 days and includes the following boundaries in northern Bay County: West of Highway 2301, East of Highway 79, North of Edwards Road, South of Highway 20.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County has the following tips to keep you and your pets safe:

1. If your dog or cat fights with a wild animal, contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County immediately.

2. Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially raccoons, bats, bobcats, otters, foxes, skunks and coyotes. No animal is too young to have rabies.

3. Cook all meat thoroughly to 165 degrees.

4. Do not hunt animals that appear sick.

For more information contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 850-872-4720.