DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Flagler County health officials are warning residents to avoid contact with wild and stray animals following a rabid raccoon attack in Flagler Beach.
An 80-year-old woman attacked Sunday and her neighbor were being treated for rabies. The neighbor reportedly killed the animal, so it could be tested.
Last week, officials in nearby Volusia County issued a 60-day rabies alert for a beachside area following three unprovoked raccoon attacks in five days. One of the victims was able to kill a raccoon, which tested positive for rabies. The alert was issued to make sure residents remain cautious in dealing with wild animals.
Rabies affects the nervous system and can be fatal to humans and other warm-blooded animals.