Health Department Seeking Child in Possible Rabies Case

A park employee observed a child feeding a pretzel to a raccoon. The animal clawed the boy, who looked to be about three years old.

Pinellas County Health Department Officials are looking for the community's help in finding the family of a toddler who may have been exposed to rabies from a
raccoon at Sawgrass Lake Park on Oct. 4.

According to officials, a park employee observed a child near the boardwalk tower who was feeding a pretzel to a raccoon. The animal clawed the boy, who looked to be about three years old.

The park employee, according to health officials, asked the adult accompanying the child to seek medical attention because raccoons can carry rabies, a disease that is fatal unless vaccines are provided shortly after exposure.

According to a news release, the adult male took the child away and refused to provide contact information.

No description is available for the adult or the child. 

According to officials, it is very important that the child's family contact the Pinellas County Health Department to assess his exposure to rabies and begin treatment, if indicated. If you have any information, you can call the Pinellas County Health Department at 727-824-6932 as soon as possible.

cherylwithac October 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM
This constitutes a MEDICAL EMERGENCY for the three-year-old-boy. I hope that he gets help immediately.


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