Raccoon tested positive for rabies in unincorporated area of Panama City Beach

Rabid raccoon found in unincorporated Panama City Beach. (MGN)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A dead raccoon tested positive for rabies in a neighborhood between Laird Street and North Lagoon Drive.

According to The Florida Department of Health, in Bay County ten animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year.

This comes after health officials say a rabid bat was found on the beach between Nautilus and Lantana Street.

Health officials say there have also been rabid animals found in Fountain, Youngstown, Cedar Grove, Callaway, and Southport.

According to the health department, all dogs and cats over four months must be vaccinated against rabies and that they are not recognized as vaccinated until 28 days after the initial vaccination.

The Florida Department of Health wants to remind everyone that it is prohibited in Florida to intentionally or unintentionally feed raccoons and all food must be properly thrown away and covered.

Officials say that if scratched or bitten to wash the wound immediately, seek medical attention, and to report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.

The health department says that rabies is preventable when treated quickly.

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