Rabies alert for eastern Jackson County

A rabies alert has been issued for Jackson County. (MGN)

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A rabies alert has been issued for the eastern portion of Jackson County after multiple foxes and raccoons have tested positive for or exhibited behavior similar to the rabies disease.

All Jackson County residents are asked to stay alert and keep in mind domestic pets are at risk if not vaccinated.

The public is asked to avoid contact with wildlife, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to humans and warm-blooded animals.

Treatment started soon after exposure to the disease will protect a person from the disease.

Jackson County Health Department asks everyone to make sure that rabies vaccinations are up to date for all pets, and to not handle, feed, or attract wild animals, and to never bring wild animals into your home.

For more information on rabies, you can go to the Florida Department of Health website or contact Jackson County Health Department at 850-526-2412.

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