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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE RABIES ALERT FOR PORTION OF DAVIE
Florida Department of Health
Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) issued a rabies alert for a portion of Davie, Florida. This is in response to a cat that tested positive on September 9, 2020.
All residents and visitors in Broward County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Broward County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public. Please be aware that rabies can also occur outside the alert area.
This rabies alert is for 60 days. The alert includes the following boundaries in Broward County:
An animal with rabies could infect domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans. The only preventive measure for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Rabies prophylaxis started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:
For further information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-andconditions/rabies/index.html.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Department works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
Candy Sims, Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health