Rabies alarm for Gulf County

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – The Florida Division of Well being in Gulf County has issued a rabies warning to Gulf County in response to a fox that examined constructive on June 22, in line with a press launch.

The Ministry of Well being studies that an individual was attacked by a fox close to Hwy 71 and Church Ave in Wewahitchka. The rabies warning is for 60 days.

The Florida Division of Well being advises residents to be further cautious whereas outside and to concentrate on your environment always. All Gulf County residents and guests needs to be conscious that rabies is current within the wildlife inhabitants and pets are in danger if not vaccinated. Officers say alarms are designed to boost public consciousness, however they need to not give a false sense of safety to areas that haven’t been named as throughout an alarm.

An animal with rabies can infect different wild animals or home animals that haven’t been vaccinated in opposition to rabies. All home animals needs to be vaccinated in opposition to rabies and all contact with wild animals needs to be averted, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.

Rabies is a illness of the nervous system and is deadly to warm-blooded animals and people. The one remedy for human publicity to rabies is rabies-specific immunoglobulin and rabies immunization. Acceptable remedy began shortly after publicity will shield a susceptible particular person from the illness.

Listed below are some ideas from the Florida Division of Well being

Hold rabies vaccinations updated for all pets.

• In case your pet is bitten by a wild animal, search veterinary help with the animal instantly and phone County Animal Providers at 850-227-1115.

• Name your native animal management company to take away any stray animals out of your neighborhood.

• Don’t deal with, feed, or inadvertently entice wildlife by leaving pet meals exterior or trash cans left open.

• By no means undertake wild animals and by no means carry them into your own home.

• By no means educate youngsters to deal with unfamiliar animals, wild or home animals, even when they appear pleasant.

• Prevents bats from coming into properties or inhabited areas in properties, church buildings, colleges and different related areas the place they could come into contact with people and pets.

• People who’ve been bitten or scratched by wild or home animals ought to search medical consideration and report the damage to the Florida Division of Well being Gulf County at 850-227-1276.

For extra details about the Florida Division of Well being in Gulf County, please go to gulf.floridahealth.gov

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