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Florida Department of Health Nassau County Lifts Rabies Alert

September 20, 2019

Nassau County - The Nassau County Health Department (CHD) is lifting the rabies alert for northwest Nassau County. The alert has been in place since July 22nd when an otter tested positive for rabies.

There has not been another positive laboratory result for rabies within 60 days. This is an appropriate timeframe to lift the health advisory. However, in Florida there is a risk of rabies transmission year round. The following are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones against rabies:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets and at-risk livestock.

  • Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and livestock secured on your property. If your pet or livestock are bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Nassau County Animal Services at 904-530-6150, or the Nassau Humane Society at 904-491-0122 for incidents in the city of Fernandina Beach.

  • Support animal control in efforts to reduce feral and stray animal populations.

  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.

  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with outdoor food sources such as uncovered trash or litter.

  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.

  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.

  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.

  • Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to Nassau CHD at 904-875-6100.

For further information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-andconditions/rabies/index.html, or contact Nassau CHD at 904-875-6100.

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