Officials have released a rabies advisory for Escambia County. More specifically, an alert has been put in place for the Navy Point and Warrington areas. Residents of the county are urged to protect themselves and their pets from contact with wild and stray animals.
July 13, 2017 was the date of the most recent animal attack. The Florida Department of Health-Escambia released a statement detailing a fox attack on a human. That fox was disposed of and tissue samples were taken. The samples did test positive for the presence of the rabies virus.
In the statement, the FDOH-Escambia advised residents to avoid feeding stray and wild animals, to ensure their pets are vaccinated against the virus and to seek immediate medical care of bitten by an animal.
People are also being urged to not approach stray or wild animals. Pets should be vaccinated and those vaccines should be kept up-to-date. Residents should not feed their pets outdoors, and if pets are unaltered, spaying or neutering is encouraged to prevent pets from roaming. Pets should be kept in a fenced yard or on a leash and supervised at all times.
If a pet is bitten by a wild or stray animal, seek veterinary treatment. If a human is bitten by any animal, they should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. This is true whether the animal is a stray, wild or a family or known pet. Rabies can be fatal, but it is treatable if detected early.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Pensacola, you have legal rights. Call our office to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and let us assist you. You may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have incurred.