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
Florida Department of Health
Zoonotic and Vectorborne Disease Program
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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