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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 5/10/2014 

 Second Confirmed Case of Rabies in 2014 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed on Friday, May 9, 2014, the second positive Rabies case in Polk County for 2014. 

On May 7th, a bat was found isolated inside a family residence on the 1100 block of Clinton Street in Bartow.  The PCSO Animal Control Officers responded, impounded the bat, and sent its body to the State Laboratory for testing.  The bat was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory on May 9th.  

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.