Lake Wales woman bitten by rabid raccoon - WRBL

Lake Wales woman bitten by rabid raccoon

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LAKE WALES, FL (WFLA) -

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to avoid contact with wild animals after a woman was bitten by a rabid raccoon.

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, a Lake Wales woman reported that she had been bitten by a raccoon. She also said that her neighbor's dogs had been fighting with the raccoon in the area of 952 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 on Wednesday, March 12th.

The dogs' owner was notified of the test results and the dogs will be quarantined for 180 days. This was the first rabies case 0f 2014 in Polk County.

Residents are reminded that bats and raccoons are among the mammals considered to be high risk species or “rabies vector species” (RVS).

The sheriff's office says people should not approach any animal that is acting in an unusual or suspicious manner.

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

For more information on Rabies, visit: http://www.polksheriff.org/InsidePCSO/LE/SOD/BOSO/AC/Pages/RabiesandYou.aspx.

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