Pasco County, Florida -- The rabies alert issued in July for Pasco County has been lifted.
The alert was issued on July 26, 2013 in response to a cat that tested positive for rabies.
Although guidelines indicate the removal of the alert at this time County Health Officer Mike Napier, M.S. reminds us "Rabies prevention must be a community effort with each of us doing our part in protecting humans and our pets."
The health department works closely with animal control to investigate animal bites that are reported locally.
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 treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization.
For further information on rabies, visit the Florida Department of Health website or contact Florida Department of Health Pasco County, (352) 521-1450 ext. 344.