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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/13/2014 

 First Positive Rabies Case Confirmed 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Thursday, March 13, 2014, the first positive Rabies case in Polk County for 2014.

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, a Lake Wales woman reported that she had been bitten by a raccoon and that her neighbors' dogs had been fighting with it, 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.

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.

For more information on Rabies, please visit:

http://www.polksheriff.org/InsidePCSO/LE/SOD/BOSO/AC/Pages/RabiesandYou.aspx.