Health officials issue rabies alert; rabies confirmed in Glades County

Posted 1/25/22

The Florida Department of Health in Glades County issued a rabies alert for the Moore Haven area.

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Health officials issue rabies alert; rabies confirmed in Glades County

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MOORE HAVEN -- The Florida Department of Health in Glades County issued a rabies alert for the Moore Haven area. This is in response to an unvaccinated cat that tested positive on January 24.

All residents and visitors in Glades 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 GladesCounty. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not get a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.

The recent rabies alert is for 30 days.  The center of the rabies alert is at Daniels Road, and includes the following boundaries in Glades County:

North from Yaun Road to Alvin Ward Park.

East from US Highway 27 to Herbert Hoover Dike.

An animal with rabies could infect other wild or 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.

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 do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Glades County Animal Controlat 863-946-0771.
• Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. 
• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans 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 the Florida Department of Health in Glades County at 863-265-6050. 

For further information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html or call the Florida Department of Health in Glades County at 863-265-6050, or local animal control at 863-946-0771. 

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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