Florida Health Palm Beach County Identifies Racoon With Rabies
May 21, 2019
West Palm Beach- Florida Department of Health Laboratory confirmed that a raccoon in Palm Beach County has tested positive for rabies. Animal Care & Control was notified Friday, May 17th, that a raccoon was killed by a dog in the 7000 block of High Sierra Circle, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. The dog was vaccinated, received a prompt booster to be fully protected, and has been placed on a 45-day quarantine at home. There is no knowledge of any people who were exposed at this time.
This is the first confirmed rabid animal this year in the county. Residents in the area are cautioned to avoid contact with any wildlife and report suspicious animals to Animal Care and Control.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease. The following advice is issued:
Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.
Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.
For further information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html or contact the Florida Health Palm Beach County, 561-840-4500. Animals exhibiting signs of sickness and aggressive behavior should be reported to Animal Control at 561-233-1200.
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