By: Katie Kaplan, WCTV Eyewitness News
17. July 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Leon County Health Department has issued a rabies warning to Leon County County after several raccoons and foxes in the area have tested positive for the disease.
"The best thing to do is just to make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccines, which is required by law," said Deidre Carey, who is a program director for The Humane's Society.
The health department urged residents to follow these guidelines to protect relatives and pets from rabies:
Do not handle, feed, or otherwise attract wildlife from outdoor sources of food such as uncovered garbage or trash and uneaten pet food. [1
9659007] Never adopt wild animals or bring them home.
Teach children never to handle unknown animals, neither wild nor domestic, even if they appear friendly.
If you see a wild animal that appears to be in distress, contact Leon County Animal Control at (850) 606-5400.
Keep rabies vaccines up-to-date for all pets and endangered farm animals.
Do not let your pets run free. Follow the Leash Laws by securing pets and livestock on your property. If your pet or livestock is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary support for the animal immediately and contact Leon County Animal Control at (850) 606-5400.
Support Animal Control in efforts to reduce wild and stray animal populations.
Spay or neutralize your pets to reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
Prevent bats from entering homes, dormitories, or similar areas where they might come into contact with humans and pets.
Persons bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should consult a physician and report the injury to the DOH-Leon at (850) 404-6299.
The health department did not state where the rabid animals were found. Rabies can occur in both animals and humans. If you believe you have come in contact with a rabid animal, you should contact the Animal Control Department or the Health Department.
The tender is valid until September 11, 2019. More information about rabies can be found here.