Health Officials Issue Rabies Alert

For Immediate ReleaseDate: 

April 23, 2018

Contact Person: Jace Albury


Environmental Health Director

Florida Department of Health Holmes County

Phone:  (850 547-8500)




Holmes County:  The Florida Department of Health in Holmes County has issued a rabies alert for the areas of Bonifay and Westville.  This is in response to two raccoons testing positive for rabies recently in those geographic locations.


All residents and visitors in Holmes County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.  The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Holmes County.  Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.


The recent rabies alert is for 60 days.  The rabies alert is for the area of extreme northwest Holmes County and the area of Griffen Dr. and Decon Road on the southwest side of Bonifay.


An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.  Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans.  The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization.  Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure, will protect an exposed person from the disease.


Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets and at-risk livestock.
  • Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and livestock secured on your property.  If your pet or livestock are bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Holmes County Animal Control at 547-1119.
  • Support animal control in efforts to reduce feral and stray animal populations.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with outdoor food sources such as uncovered trash or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children neverto handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
  • Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the DOH- Holmesat 547-8500.


For further information on rabies, go to, or contact DOH-Holmes at 547-8500.


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Holmes and Washington County Traffic Alert

Chipley Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Holmes and Washington Counties as crews perform the below:

Holmes County: 

  • State Road (S.R.) 2 Routine Bridge Maintenance over Ten Mile Creek- Traffic will be reduced to one lane on S.R. 2 over Ten Mile Creek, about two miles west of S.R. 79, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 as crews perform routine bridge maintenance. 

Washington County:

  • S.R. 273 (Campbellton Highway) Just East of 7th Avenue- The eastbound lane of Campellton Highway just east of 7th Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 as crews repair a damaged power pole. Traffic flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on the web at, follow us on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl, or like us on Facebook at

Traffic Alert

  • U.S. 90 Routine Bridge Inspection Over e Choctawhatchee- There will be lane restrictions on U.S. 90 over the Choctawhatchee River at the Holmes/Washington County line from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 as crews perform a routine bridge inspection.

Holmes County Traffic Alert


  • S.R. 79 pavement testing from north of Joy Meadows Circle to south of 9th Avenue in Esto- There will be intermittent lane closures between Joy Meadows Circle and 9th Avenue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 8th as crews perform pavement testing.
  • State Road (S.R.) 2 Bridge Maintenance over Wrights Creek – Traffic will be reduced to one lane over Wrights Creek, 2.5 miles east of S.R. 79, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 12 as crew’s repair bridge joints.
  • U.S. 90 Bridge Inspection over Choctawhatchee River –  Monday, March 19 traffic will be reduced to one lane across the Choctawhatchee River Bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews perform a routine inspection.