Brevard County Health Department Issues Rabies Alert in Area of Tucker Lane of Unincorporated Cocoa

By  //  July 23, 2018

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Alert in response to a stray cat that tested positive on Saturday

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) urges residents to avoid contact with wild and stray animals to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County issued a rabies alert for in the area of Tucker Lane area in unincorporated Cocoa.

This is in response to a stray cat that tested positive on Saturday.

All residents and visitors in Brevard County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.

The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Brevard County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness among the public. Please be aware that rabies activities can also occur outside the alert area.

This rabies alert is for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is at Tucker Lane in Cocoa, and includes the following boundaries in Brevard County:

• South Bennett to the East
• Lake Poinsett to the West
• King Street to the North
• Pluckebaum Road to the South

An animal with rabies could infect domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies.

All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes. 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 immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.

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Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

• Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets and at-risk livestock.
• Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and livestock secured on your property. If your pet or livestock are bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Brevard Animal Services at 321-633-2024.
• Support animal control in efforts to reduce feral and stray animal populations.
• Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with outdoor food sources such as uncovered trash or litter.
• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
• Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
• Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
• Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to Brevard County Animal Services at 321-633-2024 or DOH-Brevard at 321-634-6337.

CLICK HERE for further information on rabies or call 321-6334-6337, or contact Brevard County Animal services at 321-633-2024.

ABOVE VIDEO: The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Brevard County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness among the public. Please be aware that rabies activities can also occur outside the alert area.

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