Case of rabies confirmed in Polk County

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Polk County, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control have confirmed the first positive rabies case in Polk County in 2014.

On Saturday, March 8, a Lake Wales woman reported that she had been bitten by a raccoon and that her neighbors' dogs had been fighting with it in an arean near Campbell Avenue.

The PCSO Animal Control Section responded, impounded the raccoon, and sent its body to the state lab for rabies testing. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory.

Residents are reminded that bats and raccoons are among the mammals considered to be high risk species or "rabies vector species" (RVS). Please do not approach any animal which is acting in an unusual or suspicious manner.

If you think you or your pet has had an "exposure," please contact the PCSO Animal Control Section at (863) 499-2600

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