Polk County confirms first rabies case of 2022 – WFTV


POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Animal control officials have confirmed the first case of rabies this year in Polk County.

Officials said a bat tested positive for the deadly virus on March 3.


According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section, a family dog ​​in the Lake Mirror area of ​​Winter Haven was found with a live bat in its mouth on March 1.

The family contacted Animal Control who then sent the bat to a lab in Tampa for testing.

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Officials say the dog was up to date on his rabies vaccination but will still need to be quarantined to ensure he is not infected.

Polk County had five confirmed rabies cases in 2021 and two in 2020.

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Officials warn residents if a wild mammal is acting aggressively or appears sick to stay away and contact Animal Control immediately.

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