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A rabies alert has been issued for a part of Seminole County just northwest of the UCF area.

After discovering two raccoons that tested positive for rabies, the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is warning residents to beware of wild animals and to protect pets. The warning was issued for the Winter Springs area, which is about 15 minutes northwest of the UCF main campus.

The rabies alert will be in effect for 60 days.

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"Residents and visitors in Seminole County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population, and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated," a release from the Florida Department of Health states. "The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness."

If bitten by an infected animal, the department advises that victims wash the wound immediately with soap and water, seek medical attention and report the incident to Seminole County Animal Services. The virus is spread through saliva and can be fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.

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