SANFORD – The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is asking for increased awareness for rabies after a raccoon that attacked a resident and her dog tested positive for the disease. The raccoon was identified in a neighborhood between Lake Mary Boulevard, Country Club Road, and Rinehart Road, approximately 3 miles north of the Big Tree Park area where an earlier rabies alert was issued on July 22, 2014. The raccoon tested positive for rabies during the past week. If you or a family member has been bitten or scratched by a raccoon or if you know anyone bitten or scratched by a raccoon, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County at (407) 665-3294.
Residents and visitors in Seminole 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 Seminole County. An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies. Contact with feral cats, stray dogs and all wildlife particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes should be avoided.
Be sure to have all your personal pets vaccinated and after the vaccine don’t forget to purchase you county license. It will be the least expensive ID tag you can buy for your pet!