Another rabid raccoon attacks in St. Lucie

By Allison Bybee email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WHITE CITY, FL (WFLX) - A raccoon in the area of Hosbine Street in Indian River Estates in White City was found positive for rabies.

The animal was involved in an altercation with a family dog who has been vaccinated. This was the second positive raccoon found in St. Lucie County in two months. Both were involved with family pets, and there was not direct human exposure.

There are no plans at this time to call an alert status.

Rabies is endemic to the area, and raccoons are somewhat unique in that they can carry the rabies virus and not show symptoms. Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals.

It is a serious health concern because it is almost always fatal unless treated before any symptoms appear.

The St. Lucie County Health Department again urges residents throughout the county to be aware of the possible danger and avoid contact or feeding of raccoons.

Florida Statute requires all dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies at four months and annually thereafter. It is the responsibility of the owners' to make sure their pets' rabies vaccinations are current.

The health department also urges everyone in the county to seal trash cans and don't leave pet food outside.

For more information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health Web site or contact the St. Lucie County Health Department Environmental Health Director, James Moses, at 772-873-4931.