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Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County Identifies Raccoon With Rabies

June 03, 2019

West Palm Beach- Florida Department of Health Laboratory has confirmed that a raccoon in Palm Beach County has tested positive for rabies. Animal Care & Control was notified on May 30, 2019 and picked up the raccoon at 1600 block of Feather Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. The racoon also had contact with a dog, which was placed on a 45-day quarantine. There is no knowledge of any people who were exposed at this time.

Residents in the area are cautioned to avoid contact with any wildlife including feral / community cats 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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