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2nd rabies alarm issued for Winter Park neighborhood



Orange County health officials issued a rabies alarm Wednesday in a Winter Park neighborhood, near Staunton Avenue and Biscayne Drive, after a raccoon has been tested positively for the disease.

These are the other rabies alarms issued for this area for over two weeks.

The area is located east of Interstate 4, west of Orlando Avenue and north of Orange Avenue.

On March 15, a cat tested positive for rabies near Formosa Avenue and Biscayne Drive.

The raccoon may have infected other animals in the area, officials said asking residents to avoid contact with any dizzying or wildlife.

Officials of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County also requested residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies. [1

9659002] "Warnings are designed to raise public awareness. This warning should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named during this warning," according to the health department.

Rabies affects the nervous system and spreads through saliva. It is fatal to animals and humans if not treated shortly after exposure.

The Health Department issued the following advice to residents:

  • All pets must have current rabies vaccines.
  • Safe outside waste in covered containers to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Do not leave pets outside. This also attracts other animals.
  • Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially wild cats, raccoons, bats and foxes.
  • If the bit or scratched by a suspected rapeseed animal, immediately wash the wound with soap and water, seek medical attention and immediately report the incident to Orange County Animal Services (407) 254-9150.
  • Rabies is prevented when the treatment is given on time.
  • For general animal issues, contact Orange County Animal Services (407) 254-9150.

For more information, visit the DOH website or the CDC.

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