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Rabies Surveillance

Florida Department of Health in Flagler County Epidemiology

Raccoon climbing a treeThe Rabies Prevention and Surveillance Investigation program helps stop the spread of rabies in the community by investigating animal bites to humans. It is also possible, but quite rare, that people may get rabies if infectious material from a rabid animal, such as saliva, gets directly into their eyes, nose, mouth or a wound.

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 are bitten by an animal:

  • Control bleeding and wash the area of the bite with soap and water.
  • Report the bite to the health department, animal control agency, or police. Download and fill out the PDF Report of Possible Rabies Exposure form.
  • Seek medical attention immediately. “

For more information please visit the Florida Department of Health Rabies website and the CDC Rabies website.


Helpful Links:

Never Touch A Bat

What You Should Know About Rabies

What You Should Know About Rabies (Espanol)

What You Should Know About Rabies (Creole)

Rabies Fact Sheet

Rabies Fact Sheet (Espanol)

Rabies Fact Sheet (Creole)

CDC Rabies and Kids