The Florida Department of Health has lifted a rabies alert for the Palmetto Bay area that has been in place since November.
Officials said Tuesday that the alert issued for Southwest 144th Street to the north, Southwest 184th Street to the south, Biscayne Bay to the east and U.S. 1 to the west has been lifted. It has been in place since Nov. 21.
A similar alert in North Miami Beach that went into effect when a cat tested positive for the virus was lifted in late November. At least nine rabies cases were reported in Miami-Dade in 2018.
Rabies is a nervous system disease that can be fatal in humans and warm-blooded animals, with the only treatment for human exposure being a specific immunization.