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Rabies alert in effect in Osceola County for 60 days
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Rabies alert in effect in Osceola County for 60 days

Rabies alert in effect in Osceola County for 60 days
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Rabies alert in effect in Osceola County for 60 days

A warning to all pet owners and residents in Osceola County. A rabies alert is now in effect and will remain so for the next 60 days. This comes after a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Kenansville. 

The Florida Department of Health says this alert starts on 171 Daigledog Drive, St. Cloud and expands to the following subdivisions: 

- West to Wood Lake Circle in the Canoe Creek Woods area. 

- South to Pine Tree road in the St. Cloud Manor area. 

- North to Rebecca Drive in the South Michigan Acres area. 

- East to Shelburne Way in the Gramercy Farms area. 

They say a wild animal with rabies can infect other wild or domestic animals that don't have the proper vaccinations. If you are a pet owner, you are advised to do the following: 

- Make sure your pet has all the up to date vaccinations. 

- Keep a close eye on them at all time. If they do get bit by a wild animal, contact Osceola Animal Services immediately at 407-742-8000 or Environmental Health at 407-742-8606. 

- Call your local animal control agency so strays in your neighborhood can be safely removed. 

- Keep your children away from any unfamiliar animals, even if they appear to be friendly. 

- If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild or domestic animal, get medical attention and report it to Osceola County Epidemiology Program at 407-343-2155.

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