Rabies alert issued in Marion County, Florida

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Posted May 26, 2024 |

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert after a raccoon was killed in Anthony, Florida on May 21, 2024. The department is also monitoring rabies among wild animals in the area.

The alert, issued on May 25, is in effect for 60 days and includes the following boundaries: Northern boundary: County Road 329, Southern boundary: State Road 326, Eastern boundary: North U.S. 441, and Western boundary: Northwest Gainesville Road.

The health department recommends that people and pets avoid contact with wild animals, including raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, coyotes, and foxes. If an animal bites your pet or livestock, you are urged to seek veterinary attention immediately and contact Marion County Animal Services, at 352-671-8727.

Domestic pets should be kept under direct supervision and on a leash, and livestock should be secured on your property. Wildlife should not be allowed to enter living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, schools, or other similar areas.

For more information on rabies, visit FloridaHealth.gov/Rabies or contact DOH-Marion at 352-629-0137.

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