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The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued a rabies alert for the Kendall area. This is in response to a raccoon that tested positive on February 28.
This is the first confirmed rabid animal this year in the County and first rabid raccoon identified in Miami-Dade since 2001. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has been working with Miami-Dade Animal Services to identify any individuals who might have been exposed to the animal.
The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The rabies alert includes the following boundaries in Miami-Dade County:
- SW 72nd Street (Sunset Drive) to the North,
- SW 128th Street to the South,
- SW 87th Avenue to the East,
- Florida Turnpike to the West.
Animal Services is coordinating reverse call efforts and door-to-door distribution of flyers to residential and commercial properties within the rabies alert boundaries to inform of precautions they must take.
An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. 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.
Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:
- Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets. Rabies vaccinations are available at your private veterinarian office or at Miami-Dade Animal Services located at 3599 NW 79th Avenue Doral, Florida 33122, seven days a week. Contact 311 for hours of operation or visit www.miamidade.gov/animals.
- Keep your pets under direct supervision so as to avoid contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Miami-Dade County Animal Services at 311.
- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. Never bring a wild animal into your home.
- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
- Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400.
Additionally, please keep in mind the following:
- ASD does not provide wildlife removal services. Nuisance wildlife trappers may be hired at a fee, the listing of active trappers by County can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website.
- Nuisance wildlife including raccoons cannot be relocated during a rabies alert, see additional information.
- Bite incidents to a human involving wildlife or domestic animals should be reported to the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400.
- Businesses and residents should ensure food waste and garbage is secured to prevent attracting wildlife.
For further information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website, call them in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400, or call Miami-Dade County Animal Services at 311.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Mon Mar 6, 2017 10:18:28 AM
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