Florida Department of Health - St. Johns County
200 San Sebastian View
Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
For further information on Rabies in Florida, visit the Florida Department of Health Rabies website.
The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH- St. Johns) works in cooperation with St. Johns County Animal Control to evaluate cases of animal bites for the purpose of ruling out rabies concern to the individual and community.
Rabies virus can cause a nearly 100% fatal illness in humans and other mammals. The virus is present in some wildlife in Florida and can spread to unvaccinated pets, which then pose a high risk to the pet owner and their family. The main wildlife sources of rabies in Florida are raccoons and bats. Infected raccoons and bats can expose people, pets, livestock and other wildlife to rabies, typically through bites. Outside cats are by far the most common domestic animal found to have rabies in the state of Florida, largely because they are often not kept up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. Dogs, cats and ferrets are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies in the state of Florida.
If you have any rabies questions or concerns, contact DOH-St. Johns County Health Department’s service center for Disease Control & Health Protection at 904-209-3250.