Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rabies Article

Danielle Stanek, DVM, of the Florida Department of Health, asked that I send this note and link to an article about rabies to all IFAS County Extension offices.  


From Dr. Stanek: 

If county extension office staff are alerted to any potential contact with high risk wildlife (bats or carnivores like raccoons, fox, skunks, otters, bobcats, etc.), report this encounter to the county health department right away.  If you are unable to reach the county health department, the state Epidemiology office has a 24/7 on-call number: 850-245-4401.  Rabies is typically spread through bites, and less commonly through scratches, direct saliva or nervous tissue contact with mucous membranes, splashes to the eye or to fresh wounds.  Bat bites often leave no visible marks or very small marks that resolve rapidly but which can still result in rabies infection.


Danielle Stanek, DVM

Medical Epidemiologist

Florida Department of Health

Zoonotic and Vectorborne Disease Program

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Office 850-245-4117





Roxanne Connelly


C. Roxanne Connelly, PhD, BCE

Professor, Extension Medical Entomology Specialist

University of Florida, IFAS

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

200 9th Street SE

Vero Beach, FL  32962




Past President, Florida Mosquito Control Association

Past President, American Mosquito Control Association


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