The Westside Gazette

Florida Department of Health issues rabies alert

  One situation is community concerned: A rabies alert was issued by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County for a portion of Fort Lauderdale. This is in response to a feral cat that tested positive on Decenber 27, 2022.

It is important to note that all Broward County residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in wild animal populations and that domestic animals are at risk if they are not vaccinated.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.

Please note that rabies can occur outside the warning area.

This alert will be in effect for 60 days and includes the following boundaries in Broward County:

An animal with rabies can infect domestic animals that have not been vaccinated. For this reason there is only one call: All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and avoid all contact with wildlife, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, otters, bobcats and coyotes.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

Another suggestion from the Department of Health is to teach children never to touch unknown animals, wild or domestic, even if they seem friendly. Now, people who have been bitten or scratched by animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to (954) 467-4700.

For further information on rabies, go to

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