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Rabies season isn’t over but in Florida regardless of waning summer time months – WMFE

FILE – A tranquillized raccoon has its ear tagged by U.S. Division of Agriculture wildlife specialist Robert Acabbo in Grand Isle, Vt., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. The U.S. authorities has begun scattering hundreds of thousands of packets of oral rabies vaccine from helicopters and planes over 13 states from Maine to Alabama. The foremost purpose is to maintain raccoons from spreading their pressure of the lethal virus to states the place it hasn’t been discovered or is not widespread, mentioned area trial coordinator Jordona Kirby. (AP Picture/Toby Talbot, File)

The height of rabies season is winding down, however the Florida Division of Well being is urging residents to stay alert as instances proceed to pop up.

Weeks in the past a rabies alert was issued in Volusia County, and now an alert has been issued for Lake County, a reminder that rabies can happen exterior the summer time months.

The Florida Division of Well being in Lake County says a canine was uncovered to a bat that was sick with rabies, triggering the warning within the space.

Floridians ought to keep away from contact with wild or stray animals particularly bats, raccoons, foxes, and unvaccinated cats that will carry the rabies virus. 

Animals which are appearing aggressively, having hassle swallowing or strolling or who’re drooling excessively must be reported to animal enforcement.

Anybody who’s scratched or bitten by a wild animal or a stray ought to report it to animal enforcement and their native division of well being and search quick medical consideration. 

Rabies is often lethal except handled earlier than signs come up. 

Study extra about rabies here.

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