On average, about 200 reported animal bites are investigated
by the Environmental Health Section in Columbia County each year.
Working in close cooperation with the Lake City Animal Shelter, biting
animals are located and quarantined if necessary.
Animal bites are investigated to prevent the spread of
rabies in the pet population and to humans. While rare, this disease is
of great public health concern since it is almost always fatal. Rabies
vaccinations of pet animals by a licensed veterinarian are extremely
important, and required by law in the State of Florida.
All animal bites, regardless of severity, must
be reported to the local health department. The information
collected in these reports helps to determine whether human anti-rabies
vaccine is called for as a precaution to prevent infection by the rabies
If conditions warrant it, biting animals are tested for the
rabies virus by one of the Department of Health's regional
an animal bite or for further information about quarantine procedures and
rabies testing, please call Nancy Crews at (386) 758-1058.
The Lake City Animal Shelter
can be contacted at (386) 752-4702.
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