Jackson County Health Officials Pick up Rabid Raccoon

A raccoon picked up by Health Department staff on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies according to lab results received from the Department of Health Pensacola Branch Lab.

The raccoon fought with and was killed by a two dogs at a home on Rambo Rd., North of Campbellton. The dogs have been placed in quarantine to prevent possible spread of the disease.

T.G. Harkrider, Environmental Health Director at the Jackson County Health Department stated that “Anyone having knowledge of bites or other exposure from a suspected rabid animal to humans or to domestic animals should immediately contact the Health Dept. at 482-9227 during normal working hours.”

The Jackson Co. Health Dept. has an answering service to relay information for assistance after hours and on weekends concerning animal bites and other exposure. This answering service can be reached by calling 526-2412.

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