Rabies Alert For All Of Santa Rosa County After Rabid Fox Found

July 8, 2020

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County has issued a rabies alert for all of Santa Rosa County. The alert is in response to a report of a positive test result for rabies in a fox on July 7.

The health department did not say where in the county the fox was found.

The rabies alert will be in effect for the next 60 days.

An animal with rabies may appear sick or lethargic, have problems swallowing, or drool or salivate excessively. A wild animal may appear tamer than usual and some animals may have no visible symptoms.

All residents and visitors in Santa Rosa County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.

An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all contact with wildlife should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.


4 Responses to “Rabies Alert For All Of Santa Rosa County After Rabid Fox Found”

  1. Jay on July 9th, 2020 10:12 am

    Why should this be a secret? News flash to Health Department: The health of the fox does not come under HIPPA laws or the Privacy Act.
    Heck, even a zip code would help the citizens. Saying that it’s somewhere in an entire county isn’t helpful at all. As a matter of fact, it’s annoying.

  2. Dave gross on July 8th, 2020 10:53 pm

    How inept is the health department if they cant even say what part of the county the fox was found. Wow! They have dozens of people working for them and they can even say what part of the county LOL that entire department needs a revamp and people need to be fired.

  3. Mr. Nobody on July 8th, 2020 1:54 pm

    The fox must not have been wearing his mask when he contracted rabies

  4. Mike l on July 8th, 2020 12:25 pm

    Why in the world would the health department not specify exactly in Santa Rosa Co.where the fox was found. This is a huge county. If I live in Jay it makes a lot of difference if the fox was in Jay or Navarre.

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