Press Release: Health Officials Issue Rabies Alert

PortOrange, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) has issued a rabies alert for the southeastern portions of Port Orange, FL. This is in response to a cat that tested positive for rabies on June 8.

All Volusia County residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and that domestic animals are at risk if they are not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Volusia County. The alerts are designed to increase public awareness, but should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been designated as under an alert.

The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The rabies alert center is at Briarwood Mobile Estates in Port Orange and includes the following boundaries that include parts of Port Orange, Allendale, and Harbor Oaks:

  1. Eastern Boundary, Halifax River Body of Water
  2. North Boundary, Oak Street
  3. Southern Boundary, Rose Bay Body of Water
  4. Western boundary, Country Lane and Taylor Road east of Country Lane

An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All pets should be vaccinated against rabies and all contact with wildlife, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes, should be avoided. 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 immunoglobulin and rabies immunization. Proper treatment started soon after exposure will protect the exposed person from disease.

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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 they don’t come into contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek immediate veterinary assistance for the animal and your animal services division by calling the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 386-248-1777.
  • Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
  • Do not handling, feeding, or unintentionally attracting wild animals with open trash or garbage cans.
  • Never Adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • teach kids never handle unknown animals, wild or domestic, even if they seem friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering dwellings or occupied spaces in houses, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they can come into contact with people and pets.
  • People 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 Volusia County at 386-274-0634.

For more information on rabies, visit https://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html.

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