INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. – A rabies alert was issued Tuesday in Indian River County.
According to a press release, a stray cat was tested positive for rabies after an adult attack on a farm on May 13th.
The cat is described as tricolor (brown), domestic cat and shorthair.
Anyone who has been scratched or bitten by a cat that meets this description in the last two weeks is requested to contact the Indian River Department of Health immediately.
The rabies warning is for 60 days and includes the following boundaries: • South of State Road 60 also known as 20th Street
• North of Oslo Street also known as 9th Street SW
• East of 66th Avenue
• West of US Highway 1
"We urge local residents not to approach or feed wild animals and keep their pets vaccinated," said Miranda Hawker, Health Officer of Indian River County.
Here are some tips to protect you and your pets from rabies:
• People who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention immediately and report to the local veterinary inspection immediately.
• Do not touch, feed or inadvertently attract animals, including cats, by letting animal feed out or by opening trash cans.
• Keep the rabies vaccines up-to-date for all pets.
• Do not let your pets run around freely. Follow the leash laws by securing pets on your property.
• If your pet is bitten by a wild, stray or unknown animal, seek immediate veterinary assistance and report the incident to your local animal welfare authority. (See contact details below.)
• Call your local animal welfare authority directly to remove any wild or stray animals from your neighborhood who are injured or show unusual behavior.
• Never take wild animals or bring them to your home. Call animal control as an aid instead of trying to feed injured or sick wild or stray animals.
• Teach children to treat strangers or wild animals, even if they appear friendly.
• Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come into contact with humans and pets.
• Castrate your pets to reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for regularly.
• Local Animal Inspectorates in Indian River County coordinate the exposure study with the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County.
Animal Control Authority Contact Information:
Indian River County Animal Control: (772) 226-3486
City of Vero Beach Police Department: (772) 978-4600
For more information on rabies, go Visit the Florida Department of Health website or contact the Florida Department of Health at Indian River County at (772) 794-7440.