Rabies Prevention and Surveillance
Any mammal can get rabies. The most common wild reservoirs of rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes. Domestic mammals can also get rabies. Cats, cattle and dogs are the most frequently reported rabid domestic animals in the United States.
Environmental Health staff work closely with county and municipal animal control officers to investigate animal bite cases and submit necessary specimens to the state laboratory for testing.
Although human rabies deaths are rare, the estimated public health costs associated with disease detection, prevention and control have risen, exceeding $300 million annually in the United States.
If you need to report an animal bite, please contact our office.
For more information and to view the new guidelines please view the Florida Department of Health website.