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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 5/18/2015 

 First Positive Rabies Case for 2015 Confirmed 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control Section confirmed on Friday, May 15, 2015, the first positive case of rabies in Polk County for 2015.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, a dog owner living at 1600 Stokes Road in Lake Wales reported that her dog killed a raccoon on the patio area of the home.   

Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to retrieve the raccoon's carcass, which was then sent to the State Laboratory for rabies testing. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on Friday, May 15th. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has been notified of the exposure. The dog is not current on its vaccination and has been placed on a 180-day quarantine.

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