Rabies Alert Issued For All Of Escambia County After Rabid Racoon Left At Wildlife Sanctuary

December 6, 2019

A rabies alert has been issued for all of Escambia County, and the health department is looking for the person that dropped a rabid racoon off at a wildlife sanctuary.

The rabies alert is in effect for all of Escambia County and will remain in effect for 60 days.

On Thursday, the health department received a positive test result for rabies in a raccoon which was anonymously left in a box outside of a local wildlife sanctuary. The name of the sanctuary was not released..

The Florida Department of Health said all residents and visitors in Escambia County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Escambia County.

The FDOH-Escambia said the individual(s) who left the raccoon should be immediately evaluated by a medical professional for rabies exposure. They are also requested to contact FDOH-Escambia’s Epidemiology Program staff by calling (850) 595-6683. Also, individuals who have been bitten or scratched by a raccoon, or other animal whose rabies vaccination status is unknown, should be immediately evaluated by a medical professional and report the injury to the the health department at (850) 595-6700.

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2 Responses to “Rabies Alert Issued For All Of Escambia County After Rabid Racoon Left At Wildlife Sanctuary”

  1. Suzie B on December 6th, 2019 11:13 pm

    I wonder if this is the one that was taken to the Escambia County Animal Shelter by someone seeking assistance. I believe they were referred to take it to a wildlife sanctuary. The one they had appeared very tame.

  2. Earl in Bratt on December 6th, 2019 4:07 pm

    We will get Atmore’s mayor on the case.

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