The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County has issued a 60-day rabies alert for the 32927 area of Cocoa, following the discovery of a raccoon that tested positive for the disease on March 29, 2023.
The alert is centered around Everglades Street and covers specific boundaries: Kings Highway to the North, US 1 to the East, Grissom Parkway to the West, and Fay Blvd to the South.
This alert serves as a reminder for the public to maintain heightened awareness of rabies activity in the county. It is essential to recognize that rabies can also be present outside the designated alert area.
Rabies, a fatal nervous system disease affecting warm-blooded animals and humans, can be transmitted to unvaccinated domestic animals through contact with infected wildlife.
To minimize the risk of exposure, residents and visitors are advised to take several precautions, including keeping rabies vaccinations up to date for pets and at-risk livestock, adhering to leash laws, supporting animal control efforts, and avoiding contact with wild animals.
Additional measures include not feeding wild animals, securing trash and litter, and teaching children not to handle unfamiliar animals.
If you or your pet has been bitten or scratched by a wild or domestic animal, seek medical attention immediately and report the injury to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services at 321-633-2024.
For more information on rabies, visit the Florida Department of Health website, contact DOH-Brevard at 321-634-6337 and select option 3, or contact Brevard County Animal Services at 321-633-2024.
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