Reminders to keep you and your family safe on World Rabies Day

BAY COUNTY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Friday is World Rabies Day and the Florida Department of Health has some reminders to keep you and your pets safe.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Bay County has had six laboratory confirmed rabid animals so far this year. This includes the most recent case of a raccoon in the Cove in Panama City in mid-September.

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 saliva. The Florida Department of Health wants to remind residents to remember rabies can be prevented through vaccination of animals, home protections, and staying away from wildlife and unfamiliar animals.

To avoid being bitten by an animal that has rabies, do not approach stray pets or wildlife, do not feed or attempt to pet or handle stray pets or wildlife, and do not disturb an animal that is sleeping, eating or caring for its young.

If you are concerned that an animal has rabies, you can call Bay County Animal Services at (850)-767-3333 and report anything to the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.