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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/13/2015 

 Third Positive Case of Rabies Confirmed 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control Section confirmed on Friday, June 12, 2015, the third positive case of rabies in Polk County for 2015.

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, a victim living on Beverly Hills Road in Lakeland reported that while walking on her family's property she was attacked from behind by a fox. After being bitten twice and fighting off the fox three times, the victim was able to kill the fox.

Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to retrieve the fox's carcass, which was then sent to the State Laboratory for rabies testing. The fox was confirmed positive for rabies on Friday, June 12th. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has been notified of the exposure. The victim will seek medical treatment for her injuries and exposure.

If you think you or your pet has had an exposure to a wild animal, 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