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Rabies Surveillance

Environmental Health

  •  352-622-7744

    Mailing Address

    Florida Department Of Health in Marion County 

    1801 SE 32nd Avenue 

    Ocala, FL 34471-5532 

Environmental Health investigates animal bites and issues alerts when a positive rabies test reveals that the disease is active in the community.

If you are bitten by an animal:

Control bleeding and wash the area of the bite with soap and water.

Report the bite to your local county health department, animal control agency, or police.

Download and fill out the Report of Possible Rabies Exposure PDF form.

Seek medical attention immediately.

Rabies Prevention

Avoid direct human and domestic animal contact with wild animals.

Have your veterinarian vaccinate pets and at-risk livestock. Make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions for revaccination.

Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and livestock secured on your property.

Never feed wild or stray animals. Avoid attracting them with outdoors food sources. Feed your pets indoors.

If your animal is attacked by a wild, stray or unvaccinated animal, do not examine your pet for injuries without wearing gloves. Wash your pet with soap and water to remove saliva from the attacking animal. Do not let your animal come into contact with other animals or people until the situation can be handled by animal control or health department staff.

For more information, visit the Department’s Rabies page.