Fifth case of rabies discovered in Polk County

The case was tied to a bat.
The case was tied to a bat.(Colorado Parks and Wildlife/@CPW_SE)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 3:28 PM EDT
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BARTOW, Fla. (WWSB) - Officials in Polk County confirm that a fifth cases of rabies has been confirmed in another animal.

On Sept. 5 Polk County Animal Control responded to a home on Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road in Bartow, where the family dog was exposed to a bat while being walked by its owner.

The dog’s owner called Animal Control officers who collected the bat carcass and sent it to the state laboratory in Tampa for testing.

Three days later, the test results confirmed that the bat was infected with rabies. The dog is vaccinated, but out of an abundance of caution, it will remain quarantined inside its home for 45 days.

It’s the county’s fifth case of rabies in 2021. The previous cases involved a bat, a raccoon and two foxes.

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