Bay County – A raccoon captured near the intersection of Lannie Rowe Drive and S. Gay Avenue in Callaway has tested positive for rabies. This is the tenth animal testing positive for rabies in Bay County this year. This year rabid animals have also been found in Parker, Callaway, Fountain, and in areas of Panama City Beach.
All Bay County residents are urged to review their pet’s rabies certificates and ensure their animals are currently vaccinated for rabies. An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. Florida Statutes require all dogs and cats over 4 months of age to be currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Vaccines purchased at “feed stores” and administered by the animal’s owner do not meet this requirement.
As a result of the increased prevalence of rabies in our area, the Bay County Health Department is issuing a rabies alert for the following: all areas south of Highway 22, between Highway 2297, Martin Lake, and the Dupont Bridge. Four animals have tested positive for rabies in this area in 2012, with two of them being within the last 30 days. The alert will be in effect until December 10, 2012.