Silver Springs-area bobcat tests positive for rabies
April 30, 2019
OCALA, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County wants Silver Springs-area residents to be aware that a bobcat in their area has tested positive for rabies. People who live or work in Silver Springs (particularly those who live near the below bulleted areas) should maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active nearby:
- North of East State Road 40
- South of Northeast 59th Place
- West of Northeast 145th Avenue Road
- East of Northeast 114th Terrace
This notice is designed to give public awareness but should not give residents a false sense of security if their area has not been named. An animal with rabies could infect other animals that have not received a rabies vaccination. Domestic animals are at risk if they are not vaccinated. Rabies is always a danger in wild animal populations.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to humans and warm-blooded animals. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
Individuals who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2713. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek immediate veterinary assistance for the animal, and contact Marion County Animal Services at 352-671-8727.
Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions to avoid exposure to rabies:
- Avoid all contact with wildlife, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
- Never handle unfamiliar animals (wild or domestic), even if they appear friendly.
- Do not feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or trash.
- Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets.
- Keep pets under direct supervision so they do not come into contact with wild animals.
- Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might encounter people and pets.
For more information on rabies, visit www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies or call 352-629-0137.
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