The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Miami-Dade County has issued a rabies alert for the Kendall area. This is in response to a raccoon that tested positive on May 15. 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 animal.
The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. 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
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.
- 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 further 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.Read the press release