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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in central Palm Beach County, health department says

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 15:09:21-04

A raccoon recently tested for rabies in central Palm Beach County, according to the health department.

The animal could have come in contact with the public along Skees Road in suburban West Palm Beach, according to Palm Beach Animal Care and Control.

People living in the area are urged to avoid contact with any wildlife including feral cats. Suspicious animals should be reported.

Health experts offer the following advice:

-Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
-Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals.
-If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.
-Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
-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 open garbage cans 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 where they might come in contact with people and pets.