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Health officials (ASD and DOH-Miami_Dade) issue rabies alert

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Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) and the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (DOH-Miami-Dade) issued a rabies alert for the Kendall area due to a second raccoon that has tested positive for rabies; as such, the rabies alert will be extended for another 60 days.

This is the second confirmed rabid animal this year in Miami-Dade County and both cases have been raccoons.  DOH-Miami-Dade has been working with ASD and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to identify any individuals who might have been exposed to the animal.

The rabies alert includes the following boundaries in Miami-Dade County:

  • SW 152nd Street to the North.
  • SW 187th Street to the South.
  • SW 117th Avenue to the East.
  • SW 137th Avenue to the West.

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.
  • 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 Miami-Dade Animal Services at 311.
  • Call 311 to report any stray dogs in your neighborhood or private property owners can hire a nuisance wildlife trapper. See list.
  • Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Avoid contact with stray and feral animals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rabies vaccines are available seven (7) days a week at Miami-Dade Animal Services or through a private veterinarian. Call 311 for hours.

Get further information on rabies, or call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400 or Animal Services at 311.

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners helping us to meet and maintain a 90 percent save rate.

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