Rabies alert issued in Gulf County

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A rabies alert has been issued in Gulf County Thursday.

Florida Department of Health officials say a skunk in the Wewahitchka area tested positive Wednesday for rabies. The skunk was found off County Road 381. The rabies alert will be in place for the next 60 days.

Health officials want to warn locals to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

All pets should have their rabies vaccination. Health officials say you and your pets should avoid contact with wild animals, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.

Rabies is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. It impacts the nervous system. Health officials say the only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. They say appropriate treatment started right after a person is exposed to the disease will protect the person.