Health Department Issues Warning After Raccoon Tests Positive For Rabies

By  //  September 24, 2015

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ABOVE MAP: The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County received confirmation Thursday of a raccoon positive for rabies located at The Meadows Mobile Home Park, located 1100 Estates Lane in Melbourne.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County received confirmation Thursday of a raccoon positive for rabies located at The Meadows Mobile Home Park, located 1100 Estates Lane in Melbourne.

Rabies is fatal in humans if not prevented in time.

Dr. Heidar Heshmati

Dr. Heidar Heshmati

“We advise everyone in the area who has been exposed to any stray animals or even if their own pet has been exposed, to call Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services and Enforcement at 321-633-2024,” said Heidar Heshmati, Director of the Brevard County Health Department.

“For medical recommendations and questions regarding rabies call DOH-Brevard at 321-454-7111.”

I am appealing to the general public to cooperate in the implementation and effectiveness of this warning by:

• Reporting any strange behavior of all animals observed.
• Avoiding direct contact with wild animals, such as raccoons, bats, etc.
• Having all cats and dogs immunized against rabies.
• Immediately reporting any animals running at large.
• Prompt and complete reporting of all animal bites sustained by any individual.

Only qualified personnel, such as health department officials and animal services enforcement officers are advised to handle these animals.

Please remember to keep your pet on a leash, keep animal rabies shot up-to-date, and report any sickness in animals.

For more information about Rabies, please visit our website at BrevardEH.com


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