By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 19, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Florida Department of Health of Leon County has issued an extension of the Rabies Alert for the west of Tallahassee, which was issued for the first time beginning November.
The warning zones include the territories bounded on the north by I-10, west and south by Capital Circle SW and east by Monroe Street. Health officials added that rabies activity can also occur outside the warning zone.
The extension was issued on February 8 after a positive raccoon test. Officials also received a report of an aggressive raccoon on February 18th.
The rabies alert will expire on April 20, unless new cases of rabies are reported.
Health officials said residents of Leon County should know that rabies is present in the wild animal population and that pets are at risk if they are not vaccinated.
Rabies is a fatal nervous system disease for animals and humans. The only treatment against human exposure is the specific anti-rabies immunoglobulin and rabies immunization. Treatment started soon after exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
For more information, including how to protect yourself and protect pets, visit www.floridahealth.gov.