Rabies alert issued in Pasco County

Posted at 4:23 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 17:12:39-04

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco has issued a rabies alert after someone was exposed to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies, officials say.

Residents and visitors of Holiday Lakes Estates should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population, and that domestic animals are at risk if they are not vaccinated.

The alert will be active for 60 days, and includes the following boundaries in Pasco:

-Western boundary of the Gulf of Mexico

-Southern boundary of Anclote Blvd and County Line Road

-Eastern boundary of Alt US 19

-Northern boundary of Gulf Trace Blvd

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system that is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans. An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals if they have not been vaccinated from the disease.

To report animal bites or scratches, call 727-834-3216, 813-929-1212 or 352-521-5194.