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New rabies case reported bringing total to eight
October 16, 2018 — Animal Services

raccoon lying in grass eating a piece of wood

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Miami-Dade County has added a second rabies alert for North Miami Beach. 

This is the eigth rabid animal (six raccoons and two cats) that has tested positive for rabies in Miami-Dade County. The DOH and Miami-Dade Animal Services are working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to identify any individuals who might have been exposed to the rabid animals.

This most recent rabies alert for North Miami Beach is issued for 60 days, ending on Dec. 14. The Miami-Dade County boundaries for this alert are as follows:

  • NE 186 Street to the north
  • Royal Glades Canal to the south
  • West Dixie Highway to the east
  • NE 19 Avenue to the west

The first rabies alert for North Miami Beach ends on Nov. 24. The Miami-Dade County boundaries for this alert are as follows:

  • NE 163 Street to the north
  • NE 151 Street to the south
  • Biscayne Boulevard to the east
  • NE 14 Avenue to the west

The rabies alert for Kendall is issued through Nov. 15. The Miami-Dade County boundaries for this alert are as follows:

  • SW 152 Street to the north
  • SW 187 Street to the south
  • SW 117 Avenue to the east
  • SW 137 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. Rabies vaccinations are required for dogs, cats and ferrets in Florida
  • 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
  • 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 days a week at Miami-Dade Animal Services or through a private veterinarian; Call 311 for hours

For more information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website, call them in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400 or call Animal Services at 311.

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