Rabies alert issued for Escambia County

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The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued a rabies advisory for Escambia County on Saturday.

The Warrington and Navy Point areas of the county are directly impacted.

“Rabies is a fatal infection but is preventable,” notes FDOH-Escambia’s director, Dr. John J. Lanza.

The department is urging people to avoid physical contact with stray animals.

So far there have been two reports of a fox attacking people during the daytime.

To protect yourself and your loved ones against rabies follow these steps:

· Teach your children not to go near wild and stray animals, and never keep them as pets.

· Vaccinate your dog, cat, ferret, or horse to protect against rabies. Keep vaccinations up-to-date.

· Do not feed your pets outside. The food may attract wild animals.

· Make sure your garbage is securely covered. Open garbage attracts wild and stray animals.

· Spay or neuter your pet to reduce its tendency to roam or fight.

· Do not let your pets roam freely or allow them to interact with wild or stray animals. Keep them in a fenced yard or on a leash at all times.

· Call Escambia County Animal Control, at 850-595-0097, to remove stray animals from your neighborhood.

· Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come into contact with people and pets.

· If your pet is bitten by another animal, immediately seek veterinary assistance for the animal and contact Escambia County Animal Control.

· If you are bitten by a wild animal, or by any animal that is acting strangely, seek medical care as soon as possible so that a physician can evaluate your risk of rabies infection and administer the rabies vaccine if appropriate

Click here to report a bite or for more information.

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