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The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County has issued a Rabies Alert for the southwest region of Zephryhills.

This alert comes after a raccoon attacked a dog, was captured, and then tested positive for rabies. The dog has been placed on observation, even though it had recently been vaccinated.

Health officials want all residents and visitors in the area to be aware that rabies are present in the wild animal population and emphasize domestic animals are at risk, if not vaccinated.

The public is being advised to maintain a heightened awareness due to rabies being discovered in Pasco County. This alert will be for 60 days.

This rabies alert is in the southwest region of Zephyrhills and includes the following area boundaries:

  • North boundary – Eiland Blvd.
  • West boundary – Coates Rd/Dean Dairy Rd.
  • South boundary – Tucker Rd.
  • East boundary – 20th St.

Everyone in the area is 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.
  • Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open
    garbage cans or litter or by leaving pet food outside.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals 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.
  • If you are bitten by any animal seek care promptly. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Go to your family doctor or hospital for medical attention immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns about wild animals, you can contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 863-648-3200.

Source: WFLA

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