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Rabies alert issued for Niceville area

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NICEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A rabies alert has been issued in Okaloosa County after an animal examined optimistic for the virus.

The Okaloosa County Health Department stories a feral cat examined optimistic Monday for rabies. Health officers say folks needs to be conscious that rabies is current within the wild animal inhabitants and home animals are in danger if they don’t seem to be vaccinated.

This rabies alert is lively for 60 days. The heart of the rabies alert is the 32578 zip code of Okaloosa County and spans from Redwood Avenue to Highway 85 North and from College Boulevard to Choctawhatchee Bay.

Health officers say an animal with rabies might infect home animals that haven’t been vaccinated in opposition to rabies. They say all home animals needs to be vaccinated in opposition to rabies and wildlife contact needs to be averted, particularly with raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.

Rabies impacts the nervous system and is deadly to warm-blooded animals and people. The solely remedy for human publicity to rabies is rabies particular immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate remedy began after the publicity will shield an individual from the illness.

Health officers are asking you to comply with these precautions:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations updated for all pets and at-risk livestock.
  • Do not enable your pets to run free. Follow leash legal guidelines by conserving pets and livestock secured in your property. If your pet or livestock are bitten by a wild animal, search veterinary help for the animal instantly and call Okaloosa Animal Services at Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), 850-244-0196.
  • Support animal management in efforts to scale back feral and stray animal populations.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to assist scale back the variety of undesirable pets that is probably not correctly cared for or frequently vaccinated.
  • Do not deal with, feed, or unintentionally entice wild animals, together with feral cats, with outside meals sources comparable to cat or pet food, uncovered trash, or litter.
  • Never undertake wild animals or deliver them into your own home.
  • Teach youngsters by no means to deal with unfamiliar animals, wild or home, even when they seem pleasant.
  • Prevent bats from coming into dwelling quarters or occupied areas in properties, church buildings, colleges, and different related areas, the place they could are available in contact with folks and pets.
  • Persons who’ve been bitten or scratched by wild or home animals ought to search medical consideration and report the harm to the DOH-Okaloosa at 850-833-9247.

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