By: Katie Kaplan, WCTV Eyewitness News
July 17, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Department of Health of Leon County has issued an alert against rabies for the County of Leon after several raccoons and county foxes have a positive test for the disease.
"It's best to make sure that your pets are aware of the vaccines required by law," said Deidre Carey, who is the director of The Humane Society.
The health department urged residents to follow these guidelines to protect loved ones and pets from rage: Do not tamper with, unwanted, or unintentionally harbor wild animals with open-air food sources, such as open junk or garbage and unwanted pet food. Never take wild animals or take them home. Teach children not to ever handle unknown animals, wild or domestic, even if they look like friendly. If you see a wild animal that seems to be in danger, contact the animal control in the county of Leon at (850) 606-5400. Stay updated rabies vaccinations for all pet animals and livestock at risk. Do not let your pets run freely. Follow the laws of the belt while keeping pets and livestock insured on your property. If the pet or cattle is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance immediately and contact the county control of the Leon County on telephone (850) 606-5400. Support animal control in efforts to reduce populations of lost and wild animals. Spell or neutralize your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pet animals that may not adapt adequately or who are harmed regularly. Avoid bats entering the residence or occupied spaces of homes, churches, schools and other similar areas, where they can get in touch with people and pets. People who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to DOH-Leon at (850) 404-6299.
The health department did not specify where the rabid animals were found. Rabies can be hired for both animals and humans. Get in touch with animal control or health department if you believe you have come in contact with a rabid animal.
The alert is effective until September 11, 2019. For more information about rage, click here.