Days after three people were bitten by a brat fox and a man came into contact with a pesky bat in Escambia County, Florida, authorities say a man was attacked by a deadly bat near Flomaton.

On Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) confirmed a case of rabies near Flomaton.

“This should be a strong reminder that all pets should be properly vaccinated against rabies,” said Alabama Public Health Veterinarian Dr. DW Jones.

Last Friday, the Florida Department of Health (DOH-Escambia) issued a rabies alert for Escambia County, Florida after three people were confirmed to have been exposed to a pesky fox and one person was exposed to a pesky bat.

While the Escambia Health Department did not disclose the location, independently confirmed that three people were injured by rabid foxes in the general area of ​​Northview High School and Travis Nelson Park.

“Rabies is a potentially fatal disease. It is important not to handle wild animals, to be aware of unusual actors and to have pets vaccinated against rabies,” said DOH-Escambia Administrator Marie Mott.

Mott recommends the following precautions.

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets and at-risk pets.
  • Don’t let your pets run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and pets on your property. If your pet or pets have been bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary help for the animal immediately and contact Escambia County Animal Services at (850) 595-0097.
  • Support animal control in an effort to reduce the number of wild and stray animals.
  • Let them help you reduce the number of unwanted pets that are not properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
  • Do not handle, feed, or accidentally draw wildlife from outside food sources such as uncovered garbage or garbage.
  • Never pet wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domesticated, even if they seem friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering residential or occupied areas in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where bats may come into contact with people and pets.
  • Persons bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to DOH-Escambia at (850) 595-6700.

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