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Health officials extend rabies alert for western Tallahassee



by: WCTV Eyewitness News
19 February 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Florida Department of Health in Leon County has issued an extension to the rabies alarm for the Western Tallahassee which was issued for the first time at the beginning of November.

Alert areas include the territory bounded to the north by I-10, the west and south by Capital Circle SW, and the east by Monroe Street. Health officials have added that the anger activity can also take place outside the alert area.

The extension was released after a raccoon was positive to rabies on February 8th. The officials also received a report on an aggressive raccoon on 18 February.

The rabies warning will expire on April 20, unless further cases of rabies are reported.

Health officials say people in Leon County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and pets are at risk if they are not vaccinated. [1

9659003] Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure is immunization against immune globulin and rabies. Treatment started immediately after exposure will protect a person exposed to the disease.

For more information, including how to protect yourself and pets, visit www.floridahealth.gov.


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