The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Friday, May 4, 2012, the fifth positive Rabies case in Polk County for 2012.
On Tuesday May 2, 2012, a male subject encountered a bat in the driveway of his residence on Pine Street in Mulberry and the PCSO Animal Control responded. The bat was impounded and sent for rabies testing. The bat was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory today, May 4, 2012. The victim was advised of the results and to seek further medical treatment.
This is the fifth positive rabies case this year in Polk County.
The first case was reported on Thursday, January 12, 2012, when a two-year old dog attacked and killed a raccoon in the 4800 block of Elam Road, Lakeland.
The second case was reported on Friday, March 9, 2012, when the owners of a 9-year-old Labrador retriever found their dog barking at a bat in their yard located on Lake Tennessee Drive in Auburndale.
The third case was reported on Saturday, March 17, 2012, when three stray dogs entered onto the property located on Flood Court in Bartow and together attacked and killed a raccoon.
The fourth case was reported on Sunday, April 29, 2012, when a resident of Broken Arrow Trail, in Lakeland, found his dogs with a dead raccoon.
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.