MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
By Tom Eble, FOX 35 News The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has terminated a rabies alert. The alert was originally issued on April 16th for the downtown Ocala area. The alert was issued in response to a cat that tested positive for the disease. At this time, officials say that there aren't any active rabies alerts in Marion County.
But, officials would like residents to keep in mind that the disease could be present in animals that are in the wild, so be aware and be careful should you encounter any wildlife animals.
"Alerts are designed to increase public awareness of the presence of rabies, said Dan Dooley, environmental administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Marion County. "But residents should still be vigilant to reduce the chances that they or their pets become exposed to the disease."
All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.
If a pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Marion County Animal Services at 352-671-8727.