This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about rabies – the infection that is carried by animals and can kill humans if left untreated. In 2015, St. Lucie County recorded nine cases of rabid animals – the highest in the state. Six raccoons, one bat, one cat and one dog. Normally, the county has two cases a year. Indian River County recorded one case. And Martin County recorded two cases. All raccoons. Florida recorded 76 cases, mostly raccoons.