SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Suwannee County.
In response, the department has issued a rabies alert for the central eastern section of Suwannee County.
FDOH says all residents and visitors in Suwannee County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and that domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.
The rabies alert will be in affect for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is in the eastern section of Suwannee County.
Residents are warned to avoid animals like raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.
For more information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html or call the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County at 386-362-2708.