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Rabies alert issued for Orange County

On February 26, 2014

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County released a rabies alert for the Northeast Orlando area Tuesday.

The alert was in response to a domestic dog in the area that tested positive for rabies last week. The dog was bitten by a raccoon and recently died of the disease. It was not up to date on vaccinations.

The alert notified residents and visitors in the region to be cautious in the presence of the wild animal population because the animals may carry the disease, which can be spread to humans.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, rabies can be transmitted to humans via a bite from a rabid animal or possibly through scratches or open wounds.

The state department of health asks that the public maintains a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Orange County.

The rabies alert is in effect for the population within the region of Fairbanks Avenue to the north, State Road 408 to the south, State Road 436 to the east and Interstate 4 to the west.

The department stated in the alert that rabies can affect animals that are not vaccinated against the disease and reminds residents that all domestic animals should be up-to-date on their shots.

Anyone suspicious of catching the disease after being bitten or scratched by a wild or domestic animal should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County at 407-858-1400.

Advice for outbreaks:

- Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets.

- If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact the Orange County Animal Services at 407-254-9130.

- Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.

- Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals by leaving pet food outside or garbage cans open.

- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.


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