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Raccoon Causes Rabies Alert in Middleburg

4:05 PM, Sep 24, 2010   |    comments
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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A pet has been affected by a raccoon that has caused a rabies alert, but no people have been affected.

According to the Clay County Health Department, the 32068 zip code, south of County Road 218 to State Road 16, is under the alert.

Any pets not vaccinated against rabies are at risk, so the health department encourages all pet owners to make sure vaccinations are up to date.

More advice from the health department:

  • All pets should have current rabies immunizations.
  • Secure outside garbage in covered containers to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Do not leave pet food outside. This also attracts other animals.
  • For questions regarding the health of an animal, contact a veterinarian.
  • Veterinarian staff and animal control staff should be alert for animals with signs suspicious for rabies and use appropriate precautions, especially when working with unvaccinated animals.
  • Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Clay County Animal Control at 904-269-6342.
  • Rabies is preventable when treatment is provided in a timely manner.
  • Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially raccoons, bats, and foxes.
  • No animal is too young to have rabies.

The alert is in effect for 60 days.

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