(Photo: Florida Department of Health)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Ortega area of Jacksonville was issued a rabies alert by the Florida Department of Health Tuesday.
A rabid bat was discovered in Ortega, triggering the alert, which is in effect through May 6. This is the first rabies alert in Duval County this year.
The boundaries for the alert are on the south by Lancelot and Water Oak Lane, on the north by St. Johns Avenue at Herschel Street, on the west by Lakeshore Boulevard at Fremont Street, and east at the St. Johns River.
FHD said pet owners should maintain control of their pets at all times, and be certain that each has received current rabies immunization shots from a licensed veterinarian.
Stray animals should be reported to the City of Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services at 630-2489.
For further information or to report animal bites, contact Rabies Control at 253-1280.
First Coast News