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Rabies alert issued for Indian River County

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 13:18:56-04

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — Health officials have issued a rabies alert for portions of Indian River County after a raccoon attacked a person and their cat on May 29, then tested positive for the virus four days later.

The rabies alert is in effect for 60 days and includes the following boundaries:

  • Barrier island south of State Road 510, also known as Wabasso Road
  • Barrier island north of Round Island Park
  • West of Atlantic Ocean
  • East of Indian River Lagoon

If you or your pet have been bitten or scratched by a raccoon or outdoor cat in the past two weeks within those boundaries, call the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County at 772-794-7440.

Health officials urge residents to avoid contact with wild and stray animals and vaccinate your pets against rabies. In addition, pets should be kept indoors or leashed when outside.