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Rabies alert issued in parts of Pasco County after cat tests positive for virus

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 15:59:27-04

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A rabies alert has been issued in Pasco County after a cat tested positive for the virus.

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County said the 60-day rabies alert affects residents in the following boundaries:

  • West of Madison Road
  • South of Trouble Creek Road
  • East of U.S. 19 Hwy
  • North of Sunray Road

Residents and visitors are 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, wild or domestic, 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.
  • Contact Pasco County Animal Services at (727) 834-3216, (813) 929-1212, or (352) 521-5194 to report animal bites or scratches.
  • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 863-648-3200 for concerns about wild animals.

To report a bite or exposure incident, complete this form.