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Health officials issue rabies warning for Seminole County





SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. ̵

1; The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County has issued a rabies alert after a raccoon was tested for rabies near the Sunrise Community Park in Winter Springs.

Health officials warn local residents within the boundaries of Tuskawilla Road, State Road 417, Winter Springs Boulevard and Red Bug Lake Road to avoid contact with raccoons and other wildlife.

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Anyone who may have come into contact with a raccoon should contact Seminole County Animal Services at 407-665. 5201 or the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County at 407-665-3266.

The rabies warning lasts 60 days.

Health officials provide the following advice:

• All pets should have current rabies vaccines.
• Secure the external waste in covered containers to avoid attracting wild animals.
• Do not leave pet food outdoors. This also attracts other animals.
• Avoid contact with all wild animals, especially wild cats, raccoons, bats and foxes.
• If bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid animal, immediately wash the wound with soap and
drink water, seek medical attention, and report the incident to Seminole County Animal immediately.
Services.
• Rabies can be avoided if treatment is timely.


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