A Raccoon Near The Villages Tests Positive for Rabies

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Default A Raccoon Near The Villages Tests Positive for Rabies

Villagers are being warned after a raccoon in the area tested positive for rabies. The Department of Health in Marion and Sumter counties advise individuals in the Summerfield/ Oxford area along with the northwest portion of The Villages to practice precaution with their surrounding wildlife. This may especially impact individuals who live or work in the area north of Sumter County Road 202, south of SE Highway 42 in Marion County, west of SE 76th Champion Avenue in The Villages, and east of Sumter County Road 200.

The following precautions are advised:

*Avoid all contact with wildlife. In particular raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.
*Do not adopt or bring wildlife into your home. They are wild and may carry disease.
*Be careful with unfamiliar animals, and refrain from handling them (wild or domestic).
*Ensure your garbage cans are closed to prevent attracting wildlife closer to your home.
*Keep animals up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.
*When outside with animals, keep an eye to ensure they do not have direct contact with wild animals.
*Prevent bats from entering occupied spaces at your home, churches, and schools where they can encounter people and pets.

Rabies is a viral disease that infects the central nervous system. The treatment for humans who are exposed is rabies specific immune globulin and immunization. This treatment begins shortly after someone is bitten or scratched by an infected animal. Remember, if an animal is infected with rabies it can infect other animals. There is no immunization for animals who are infected with rabies. This is why rabies vaccinations are vital to your pets.

If a wild animal has recently bitten or scratched you, go to your nearest medical provider to seek help. In addition, report the injury to your nearest health department. If any of your pets are bitten by a wild animal, go to a veterinarian immediately and contact your county’s animal services department.

Additional information: Rabies | Florida Department of Health
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