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Rabies Alert Issued for Area of SW Miami-Dade After Raccoon Found With Disease

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    Rabies Alert Issued for Area of Kendall

    The alert comes after a raccoon was discovered this week in the area carrying the disease.

    (Published Friday, May 18, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The alert, which last for 60 days, was issued after the Tuesday finding from that wild animal.

    • The alert is for the Kendall area between SW 152nd and 187th Streets to the north and south and between 117th and 137th Avenues.

    A rabies alert has been issued for an area of southwest Miami-Dade County after a raccoon tested positive for the disease earlier this week.

    The Florida Department of Health issued the alert for the Kendall area between SW 152nd and 187th Streets to the north and south and between 117th and 137th Avenues to the east and west.

    The alert, which last for 60 days, was issued after the Tuesday finding from that wild animal. Rabies is a nervous system disease and can be fatal in humans and warm blooded animals – with the only treatment for human exposure being a specific immunization.

    DOH officials advise all residents to keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date and keep them under supervision while outside and to avoid wild animals, including raccoons, bats, foxes, coyotes and others.

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    Humans are also not advised to feed wild animals or bring them into their home. Anyone who may have been exposed to a wild animal can call the DOH’s Miami-Dade office at 305-324-2400.

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